“I had never heard or seen lacrosse a day in my life until the OWLS program came to St. Malachy when I was in 8th grade. I picked it up right away and went on to play at St. Ignatius College Prep. It was great playing on a high school team and getting to make new friends. I was always a quiet kid but lacrosse gave me a voice. As a defenseman I had to communicate slides with my teammates, and over time I really gained confidence. After college I plan on using my knowledge of lacrosse to give back and teach kids like me.”

-Marcus Williams, OWLS participant since 8th grade, The Ohio State University ‘19

“OWLS’ focus is not only on the athletic aspect of playing sports, but also on leadership on and off the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Few other programs I’ve worked with have focused so much on not only making better players, but better people.”

-Thomas McGlynn, OWLS Volunteer, DePaul ‘15