Scott Growney, president emeritus of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter/Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, has been selected as this year’s winner of the US Lacrosse Homer R. Schwartz Chapter Leadership Award. Growney was nominated for the award by Peter Samson and Jeff Stone on behalf of the entire Philadelphia Chapter Board.

Created in 2014 to recognize a US Lacrosse chapter leader who embodies the qualities of passion and dedication that Homer provided as a longtime US Lacrosse chapter volunteer, Growney becomes the fifth recipient of the award.

He will be publicly recognized and receive the award in January at the 2019 US Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia

Growney was the first president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter after the formation of US Lacrosse in 1998, and has served numerous terms as its president. He has been responsible for coordinating the chapter’s biggest fundraiser - the annual golf outing - since its inception almost 20 years. Additionally, he developed the chapter web site, has coached youth teams, coordinated summer leagues, supported inner city initiatives, and served on the chapter’s Hall of Fame Committee.

Growney is also founder and director of the Headstring Project, a diversity initiative that introduces the game to new players and provides refurbished sticks to programs in need.

As part of the nomination, Samson wrote “He was the first president of this chapter after the formation of USL and he united the men's and women's organizations. He ran the chapter for many years and is now still guiding its board. He strongly supported inner city initiatives, including doing most of the work for the Headstring program which provides several hundred newly strung sticks for free to inner city programs.”

“He is the consummate team member in our organization, and is willing to assist in any project the chapter wishes to undertake,” Stone said. “In a simple answer, Scott is the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association and everything it embodies.” 

"Scott is a tireless ambassador for the sport of lacrosse who truly models the concept of servant leadership," said Steve Kirr, director of membership & regional development at US Lacrosse. "As chapter president and as a board member, he has been involved in leading and supporting almost every initiative associated with the chapter. He has been an incredible leader for the chapter and for the PLA, dating back to his earliest days as a volunteer with the organization over three decades ago. He has always been willing to step forward for the good of the game.” 

A native of Lower Merion Township and a current resident of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Growney is a former high school and college All-American player who also played professional indoor lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings in 1986 and 1987. He was selected as the award winner from among a strong candidate pool that included 19 nominations from 18 different chapters. The other nominees were:

Mark Mozier, Chesapeake Chapter
Bob Shillinglaw, Delaware Chapter
Kevin McDonald, Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
Michael Morse, Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
Eric Rudolph, Georgia Chapter
Alan McLiverty, Greater Rochester Chapter
Kirk Dodson, Hawaii Chapter
Mike Nelson, Long Island Chapter
Jim Dock, Maine Chapter
Peter O’Donnell, New Jersey North Chapter
Dave Cerny, North Coast Ohio Chapter
Holly Reilly, Orange County Chapter
Bobby Laudig, Oregon Chapter
Elaine Knobloch, Potomac Chapter
Bill Karn, Richmond Chapter 
Keith Brisotti, St. Louis Chapter
Craig Brown, Western Massachusetts Chapter
Jody Spencer, Wisconsin Chapter

Prior winners of the Homer R. Schwartz Award are:

2014 - Jim Old, Hampton Roads Chapter
2015 - Harry Jacobs, Long Island Metro Chapter
2016 - Don Aiello, Northern California Chapter
2017 - Clark Bell, Michigan Chapter

Homer Schwartz served as president of the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse for 14 years and passed away in 2012. Due in large measure to his enthusiastic leadership, selfless service and contagious love for the game, Potomac’s membership grew from 1,200 to 10,000 during his tenure.