It’s been too long since we last communicated about ECHO Lacrosse and the future of Empower.
Just to review, with the enthusiastic support of the Empower Board, Whitaker “Whit” Willocks recently launched ECHO Lacrosse, a comprehensive girls lacrosse club located in the Upper Valley. Whit, with her expertise and signature energy, is drawing on her extensive coaching network to bring in some of the best coaches to the Upper Valley. To learn more about ECHO’s girls lacrosse programs and to receive ECHO’s posts directly, please subscribe to ECHO at https://echolacrosse.com.
ABOUT ECHO LACROSSE, LLC:
Because Whit is building off of the momentum created by Empower, ECHO is not really a typical first-year club which allows Whit to focus her energy on programming. ECHO’s programming will include:
- LACROSSE EVENTS: ECHO will host all clinics, tournaments and other girls’ lacrosse events and will provide players with an option for year-round training. ECHO is a local, girls lacrosse club (similar to Tomahawks and Granite State Elite) designed to better serve the needs of 3rd-12th grade lacrosse players in Vermont and New Hampshire. View ECHO’s summer schedule at: www.echolacrosse.com.
- COLLEGE RECRUITING: Whit is excited to work with student-athletes and families through the college recruitment process and has unique experience in this area as a former college coach (Dartmouth), a former high school admissions officer (Choate Rosemary Hall) and current college counselor (KUA).
ECHO will also build off of the network of coaches already assembled by Empower and will continue to add experienced coaching staff.
- WHIT’S BACKGROUND: Whit holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team from 2005-2010 and captained the team in 2010. During her tenure at UVA, the team was a three-time ACC Champion and NCAA Runner up. To learn more about Whit, please see her full biography at www.echolacrosse.com.
- COACHES: ECHO has assembled an excellent coaching staff, with not only college playing experience but also extensive coaching and, in several cases, teaching, experience. For Winter Ball 2018 at KUA the following coaches worked with ECHO: Chrissy Lushefski (Dartmouth), Christine Anneberg (Brown), Kelsey Redpath (St. Lawrence), Whit Willocks (UVA). Guest coaches included: Morgan McDonald (Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach), Kully Reardon (Babson College Former Head Coach), Charlie Finnigan (Boston Storm Team Member, UVA, Team England National Player)
Since ECHO will now serve as the premiere, local girls lacrosse club, many of you are still asking, “What will Empower do?”. As a nonprofit organization, Empower will provide grants and financial aid to support girls lacrosse in the following areas that are consistent with our current mission.
FOCUS FOR EMPOWER:
- CHARACTER AND WHOLE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Modeled on our “Healthy Voices” speaker series, Empower plans to provide grants for local, girls lacrosse teams to bring in speakers focused on development of character, leadership skills, team building and the whole-player.
- FINANCIAL AID: Empower plans to support families with financial aid for local club teams, clinics, or camp fees (where financial aid is not already offered).
- COLLEGE PLAYERS, COACHES AND ROLE MODELS: Empower plans to offer grants to local teams to bring in coaches with college coaching or playing experience (or specialized expertise in a certain area) for one or two practice sessions.
How will Empower do all of this? Stay tuned for the next post and look for Financial Aid and Grant Forms. Empower will continue to forward information about ECHO programs for one year. However, please subscribe to ECHO’s site at https://echolacrosse.com, so that you will receive information directly.
Please e-mail Lindsay Fox, Empower’s new President of the Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions. Together, we can continue to support our players and excellent local resources.