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Our Mission

The mission of the Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club (WALC) is to teach and support the game of lacrosse in an environment that is safe and enjoyable for everyone involved. We aim to provide each player the opportunity to develop and compete at a level best suited for that individual player. We strive to foster the values of hard work, positive attitude, and 100% respect for the game of lacrosse and all the people connected to this great sport.

 

What We Do & How We Do It

WALC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in November 2012. The Club was launched to create a more cohesive lacrosse program for boys and girls of ALL ages in the Western Albemarle School District. This approach, which is somewhat unique in the Central Virginia area, is very common throughout the country in the sport of lacrosse, as well as a variety of other sports.

The formation of WALC coincided with the hiring of Alex Whitten as the head coach of the Western Albemarle High School boys varsity team. Coach Whitten arrived from Connecticut with a long, illustrious history of coaching lacrosse, and a fresh perspective on how to better promote and grow lacrosse in the Charlottesville area.

Coach Whitten's "top-down" approach is one that instills and cultivates the same skill set from the high school varsity all the way down to the youngest levels in our youth Club. Integration is a key component of our strategy. High school players can frequently be seen out on the youth field helping and mentoring younger players. And the Club typically pays the admission fee for our youth players to attend varsity games in the spring so they can watch and learn from the "big guys."

WALC offers teams at the U-15, U-13, U11, and U-9 levels for the Spring Season, which begins in mid-February and extends to the end of May. Please see our tab to the left called "Boys Program Info" for more details. We launched a U-7 introductory program in Spring 2015.

While our Club only offers a fully-developed boys program at this time, we are continuing to work on cultivating a girls program that mirrors the same "top-down" approach we've developed on the boys' side. Just as Coach Whitten's arrival was a catalyst to our program in late 2012, the arrival of Tara Hohenshelt as the head varsity coach of the Western Girls team has been a huge blessing to our Club. Coach Tara is spearheading our efforts with girls lacrosse and we are confident our plans will materialize soon.

In closing we would like to thank all the participants in our club: the players, the parents, the coaches and all the volunteers. We'd also like to thank our sponsors and all the other constituents in our community who support our efforts and cheer us on. Go Warriors!