Virginia men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia stood in front of the group seated at midfield Sunday the Cavalier Elite Lacrosse Clinic.
Flanked by some of his current players, Starsia told the over 70 campers in attendance that one day, they too could be standing where the Cavaliers stood.
"All they need to hear is a couple little things," Starsia said. "Maybe they'll be inspired by some of our guys. You have Owen Van Arsdale standing here. Owen would have been sitting with those kids 10 years ago."
Van Arsdale was just one of the Cavaliers at the clinic working with the youngsters and putting them through various drills aimed at improving their skills.
"These kinds of camps are huge to the kids, especially getting to meet some of their favorite players," the junior explained. "Some of us are heroes to some of these little kids so it's great for them to see us out here."
For Starsia, the clinic -- the first fall event of its kind at UVa -- was a chance to give back to a booming lacrosse community.
"We have a wonderful lacrosse community here in Charlottesville and for us to give back a little and to do this free clinic here is a joy," Starsia explained. "It's not hard to get our players to come out and we're all part of the same big lacrosse family."
"Oh it's a lot of fun, we've been talking about how we were looking forward to it all day," Van Arsdale added. "Just coming out and getting to see these kids, it puts a smile on your face."