OWLS is a sports-based youth development organization that creates opportunities for underserved youth in Chicago. With lacrosse as its foundation, OWLS provides impactful mentorship and access to scholarships, improving the academic and social outcomes of the youth it serves.


FOCUS l Learn to Play

Grades 3-5

Lacrosse curriculum introduced in PE/Afterschool

Annual Participation l 300 + Students



FOCUS l Teambuilding

Grades 5-8

Self selected programs for regular practices, coaching, and inter-scholastic league play

Annual Participation l 100 + Students


FOCUS l Mentorship & Academic Achievement

Grades 6-12

Intensive year- round select program for academic, social, and athletic development

Annual Participation l 20-30 Students


As a teacher on the West Side, Sam Angelotta wanted to expose his students to a world outside of their neighborhoods. An Ohio native and former club lacrosse player at Indiana University, he first came up with the idea for OWLS in 2009, while he lived in Manchester, England and worked for the English Lacrosse Association. He started Outreach With Lacrosse & Schools (OWLS) in 2011, after he returned to the U.S., earned his Masters in Elementary Education and became a student teacher at St. Malachy School (Near West Side). He later became a full-time teacher and Athletic Director there, running OWLS programming after-school and on Saturdays. In 2016, Angelotta began working full time for OWLS in order to expand the organizational capacity of OWLS, and bridge the educational gaps for the students we serve.
Sam Angelotta

Executive Director

“Coach Caitlin” oversees the OWLS Outreach and League programs, while working with the Executive Director supporting OWLS Academy operations. Her objectives include managing communications with volunteers, participant families, and community partners while collecting crucial impact data on student progress. Caitlin comes to us after working full time at an experiential event agency supporting client services and project management while learning the means of event production. She hails from the great state of Missouri where she attended MSU while majoring in dance and public relations. A seasoned competitor in performing arts and gymnastics, Caitlin ultimately joined OWLS because she truly believes in the power of sport.
Caitlin Shukwit

Program Manager


Executive Board

Angelo Calvello |
 Co-Founder, Rosetta Analytics


Laura Milani | 
Founder, IN2 Products

Lon Chow
Chicago-based Venture Capitalist, Method Capital

Sean Conroy | 
Director in Business Development, Grosvenor Capital Management

Kevin Corrigan | 
Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, University of Notre Dame

Christopher Deutsch | 
Founder, Lofty Ventures

Andrew David | 
Retired, Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

Carol Krienik | 
Brand Advisor, Bluedog Design

Sam Angelotta | 
Founder & Executive Director, OWLS



Associate Board Chair

Ellis Krienik 
Wind Point Partners

Associate Board Members

Hannah Alley
Spencer Stuart

Katie Fegan 
The Plexus Groupe

Ed Hendry 

David Largey

Alex Panosian

Caitlin Shukwit
Agency EA

Ryan Wilson

Tracy Bonnacorsi 
East Ave Lacrosse

Austin Flippin 

Patrick Hurley
Pico Trading

Kyle Lewis

Jack Parchman

Eli Steinberger
Price Waterhouse Cooper

Ryan Burns 
Promus Capital

Mitch Hagan 
Robert W. Baird

Adam Jump
Wind Point Partners

Ian Murphy

Patrick Rodgers

Michael Strack
William Blair

Hillary Darragh
West Monroe Partners

Phillip Hong
Abbott Labs

Jordan Kirshner
Board of Trade

Liam O’Connor
Ivanhoe Cambridge US

John Sexton
West Monroe Partners

Adam Strauss
Cresset Wealth


Liam O’Connor
Academy Program Manager

Jake Wilkoff
Program Site Manager (Pilsen)

Carly Hannah
Girls Program Manager

Dionte Mandeldove
Program Site Manager (St. Malachy School)

Terese Hagerty
Program Site Manager (Chicago Jesuit Academy)


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