Jim Old, president of the Tidewater (Va.) Chapter, has been selected as the inaugural winner of the US Lacrosse Homer R. Schwartz Chapter Leadership Award, created to recognize a US Lacrosse chapter leader who embodies the similar qualities of passion and dedication that Homer provided as a longtime US Lacrosse chapter volunteer.

Old will be publicly recognized and receive the award on Friday, January 23 during the keynote session of the 2015 US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore.

Old was nominated by volunteer Kristin Brown on behalf of the entire leadership team of the Tidewater Chapter of US Lacrosse. As part of the nomination, the chapter leaders said, “It goes without saying that if you polled the local lacrosse community about creating the Mount Rushmore of Hampton Roads lacrosse, Jim Old would be the unanimous selection as the first face on that mountain.”

Dedication to the responsible development of lacrosse, passionate service for the sport, and a spirit of commitment to good sportsmanship and collaboration among many stakeholders were all among the criteria for the award. Old’s colleagues highlighted many of those qualities on his nomination.

“It is hard to convey how well-liked and well-respected he is around the area, and how well he brings together people with strong personalities and set ideas, and gets them to work together” they wrote.

“Jim embodies the spirit, passion and personal attributes that Homer brought to his chapter and to the sport of lacrosse,” said Steve Kirr, director of regional development at US Lacrosse. “Jim’s exemplary leadership and dedication have provided an invaluable service to the chapter while leaving a legacy that will benefit the sport of lacrosse in the Tidewater region in perpetuity.”

Old was selected as the inaugural winner from among a strong candidate pool that included 14 nominations from 12 different chapters.

Homer Schwartz served as president of the Potomac Chapter 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. This new award, to be presented annually, will seek to honor a chapter volunteer who displays a similar spirit of passionate commitment to the sport and to the local lacrosse community.