Homer Schwartz

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WALOA is sad to announce the passing of Homer Schwartz on Sunday December 16, 2012 due to cancer. A member of the Johns Hopkins Athletics Hall of Fame, he was a mentor and friend to all.  Every player, coach, and official in DC, MD, and VA has benefited from Homer's leadership as past president for 14 years. Many officials learned to throw their flags and blow their whistles from Homer.  He will be greatly missed.

WALOA Life-time Achievement Award

Native of Baltimore MD, Homer played his collegiate lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University in the 1960's. Homer was a two sport athlete (lacrosse and basketball), two sport team captain, and three time lacrosse All American. He was elected as a captain in the 1964 North-South All-Star game. After his collegiate career, Homer continued to excel as a player as a USCLA post-collegiate all-star and leader of national championship club team. Throughout his post collegiate playing career he was a well-traveled player at Grand Masters level.

Homer had an active role in volunteer organizations throughout his career. He served as the founding member of Blue Jays Unlimited; a fundraising organization for Hopkins sports. Thanks to his efforts of 13 years, annual income approaching $900,000. Homer served as the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter President from 1998-2012. During this time, DC area lacrosse expanded to more than 20,000 members. In concert with US Lacrosse National Headquarters, Homer initiated the Positive Coaching Alliance providing annual workshops and guidance to new lacrosse coaches over many years.

Homer also had immense impact on the officiating world. Taking over for Tom Sheckells as the head of Capital Area Lacrosse Officials Chapter, he recruited over 175 high school students to serve as boy's youth officials. Homer taught many officials how to first blow their whistle and throw their flag.

In 2011, Homer was inducted to the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame. He was also honored by induction to the US Lacrosse Potomac and Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Fame.