Hotchkiss Girls Lacrosse and Leadership Camp
The Hotchkiss School
We’d like to introduce our new Lacrosse and Leadership Camp for Girls to you. This camp has been designed to address a void in the growing lacrosse community. While players are spending time playing for sometimes multiple teams, there appears to be a lack of leadership and team building development. We have found the perfect facility for this camp—the Hotchkiss School in the rural corner of CT. This locale offers us the best of both worlds—a top-notch training environment with several athletic fields, along with a traditional camp setting that comes complete our own lake and camp fire area.
At camp, we will help campers learn about being part of something – a team or cause – bigger than themselves. The camp will combine outstanding lacrosse instruction with off-field camp activities designed to promote teamwork and teach leadership skills. At the end of camp, we want all campers to not only be better lacrosse players, but also recognize how as leaders they can be more valuable to their team, their school, and their community.
We look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you this summer.
About Our Coaches
Kim Williams is the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Wesleyan University. In 2015, she became the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. Williams also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education at the university, and holds the position of Club Sports Coordinator.
Williams took over a program that was coming off eight consecutive losing seasons and just four conference wins from 2010-2015. In her first season, Wesleyan finished 5-9 overall and 2-8 in the NESCAC--the two conference wins were the most in seven years. One year later, Williams led the Cardinals to their best season in program history as Wesleyan set program records in overall wins (11) and NESCAC victories (7) as they finished 11-6 and 7-3. Additionally, the Cardinals ranked in the top-20 in the country for the majority of the season, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in eight years, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships for the first time ever. Williams was named the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2017 IWLCA Berkshire Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in turning the program around.
Prior to her tenure at Wesleyan, Williams served two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Williams met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year.
After a tremendous high-school playing career at West Morris (N.J.), where she earned third-team all-state recognition, Williams played four seasons at C.W. Post, helping Post reach the NCAA Division II tournament each year with one title and three other appearances in the Final Four. She was recognized as an IWLCA All-American three times along with IWLCA Division II Defender of the Year accolades as a sophomore and Womenslacrosse.com Division II Midfielder of the Year recognition as a senior. She also earned first-team all-conference accolades three times.
In addition to her on-the-field laurels, Williams was lauded by the IWLCA, the East Coast Conference and the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) with academic honors during her college playing days. She also earned a Woman of Achievement Award and Distinguished Graduating Student Leadership Award from C.W. Post before graduating magna cum laude in 2010.
A specialist in educating women leaders, Heidi Kasevich, PhD, is a speaker, consultant, author, and curriculum designer in the fields of leadership and global women’s issues. Her signature program, Closing the Gap, cultivates the traits of ambition, resilience, and courage, and teaches girls the skills needed to be self-aware, confident individuals who know their value and are prepared to lead through authenticity. She is passionate about the idea that with intentional leadership education, women will be able to lean in and stay in: Closing the Gapis designed to shift mindsets, provide tools for navigating gender bias, and empower girls to have a positive impact on the world.
We are excited to announce that for this Summer we will offer campers a multi-sport camp option at our Hotchkiss School Leadership Camp. Campers will have the option to do Lacrosse, Field Hockey or a combination of both.
We are hoping to share the love for the game of lacrosse and field hockey with those players who may want to play lacrosse but prefer a balanced curriculum with field hockey as well. Thus, we have introduced a new program, which will combine both sports into one multi sport camp option. We will be using on campus facilities for all sports.
Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in at 2pm on the first day and Check out at 1pm on the last day.
Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-17 of all ability levels.
Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner
8:30 Camp Meeting – Daily Goals
9:00 Lacrosse Training – Individual Skills
11:00 Lacrosse Training – Positional Drills
1:00 Outdoor Leadership Activities
3:00 Free Time, Lake Activities, Swimming
7:30 Evening Activities
I really think that my game improved dramatically after attending this camp. It was super inspiring to be coached by some of the best lacrosse players in the US. I’m now thinking about playing lacrosse at my high school next year.
My two girls had a lot of fun at lacrosse camp this summer and keep telling me how many friends they made. My girls are still raving about the coaches who really helped them improve their game!
Can the summer be longer please? I want to do it all over again and go back to lacrosse camp!