Fluvanna County High School is just miles from the established lacrosse community of Charlottesville, Virginia, but up until this year the Flucos did not have a school-sponsored program. Though lacrosse is the fastest growing high school sport in the country, equipment costs are a significant hurdle in enabling eager players to take part.
True Temper Lacrosse recently supported Fluvanna’s inaugural lacrosse season by outfitting defenders in the high school and middle school programs with long sticks.
TTL’s donation supplemented a grant from US Lacrosse, which provided full equipment for 20 boys and 20 girls across both varsity and junior varsity teams. Jim Loffredo and Brian Wilberger, the president and vice president of the local US Lacrosse chapter, led the way in raising an additional $13,000 for Fluvanna’s program.
TTL recently recognized Landon School head coach Rob Bordley not only for the storied program he has built, but also for producing high-character young men off the field. Fluvanna’s Rich Little just as easily could have garnered such recognition.
Little has taken the reigns as Fluvanna’s boys’ varsity head coach. Little’s accomplished coaching and administrative career includes stints in New York at the Millbrook School, and throughout Virginia at the Covenant School, the Wakefield School and Virginia Episcopal School. At Covenant, he was recognized as the Virginia Independent Coach of the Year in 2010 and US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Jenny Payne, the girls’ varsity head coach, played college lacrosse at the University of Mary Washington. Payne learned the game by throwing a ball against the brick chimney on her childhood home. In addressing her team before the season, Payne summed up the opportunity for Fluvanna’s lacrosse players.
“It is a joy now to introduce all of these Fluvanna girls [to lacrosse]. They don’t have to go watch UVa games then go home and play with their chimney. They actually get to play against other teams.”
Fluvanna athletic director Scott Morris described his role as being “in the business of providing opportunity.” True Temper Lacrosse would like to think of itself in the same way and is honored to play a part in the growth of the sport.
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