OWLS PLL Assists Weekend

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As an official partner of the Premier Lacrosse League we were able to join forces this past weekend as the tour came through Chicago. The mission of PLL Assists is to harness the power of lacrosse to build more inclusive, empathetic and healthy communities. Through the thoughtful efforts of PLL Assists and Junkyard Dogs Lacrosse we were able to provide tickets, transportation and food to over 60 youth participants and family members.

Traveling outside of our community allows students to explore new ideas while sharing a collective experience. Whether it is visiting a college, museum, or a professional lacrosse game, positive experiences are a crucial social-emotional component of our youth development model. This was an occasion in which OWLS Laxers could learn from the world’s best, but also just have a great time being a kid. Opportunities like this are powered by the support of our incredible community members (you!). We hope you can continue to help us move forward whether through volunteering, attending our fundraising events, or just spreading the word!


OWLS Academy | Chidera Earns Daniel Murphy Scholarship!

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For 29 years the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (DMSF) has provided four-year high school scholarships and educational support to economically disadvantaged Chicago high school students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential, leadership skills and strong character. We are excited that our very own Chidera Anyasor (St. Malachy ’19, OWLS Academy 23′) has earned a Murphy Scholarship.

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OWLS Academy Success Story | Jillian Tolbert ’21

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“Being part of OWLS Lacrosse has taught me many lessons. The program has taught me to be open-minded and try new things. In the past I was a really shy person but OWLS helped me add authenticity to myself as a person, and ultimately I gained more confidence. I have always been serious with my academics but being involved with this organization keeps me motivated to maintain high academic standards. OWLS taught me how to be a real student-athlete!” -Jillian


OWLS Storyboard: MLK Day Tradition is Born

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This week the Academy program continued it’s college tour with a special MLK Day visit to our friends at Notre Dame. Students toured campus with members of the Black Student Association, watched the Men’s Lacrosse and Basketball teams practice, and connected with Notre Dame students in an MLK inspired dialogue!

OWLS kids from across the city spent the day with Domers from Notre Dame’s Black Student Association.

Lunch with Notre Dame BSA students…

Very cool to see Coach Brey do his thing first hand during the Men’s Basketball practice experience!

The fellas had a special visit to watch our partners on the Men’s Lacrosse team do their thing at the Loftus Center!

After their practice, the Lacrosse team joined us at the mesmerizing Arlotta Stadium facilities. Players broke into groups to talk about lax, life, and MLK Day! Here’s one of our Academy crease attackman Jaylen speaking with one of the nation’s best at the same position, Mikey Wynne!

OWLS Academy Fall ’17

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We are excited about the progress of our participants in the OWLS Academy program this fall. Academy pulls students from our OWLS inner-city school sites to provide exciting academic, enrichment, and lacrosse opportunities year-round.

September: OWLS Academy Box Training

Academy utilizes our outdoor box at Garfield Park for small group training. Box training provides all ability levels with a high repetition approach on passing, catching, spacing, and cutting.


September: Service-Learning Scholars

Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse alum Liam O’Connor and Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse alum Nancy Dunbar lead our Saturday Scholarship Support Program. OWLS Service-Learning Scholars meet every other week to work on goal setting, local service projects, and selective enrollment school scholarships. OWLS Academy participants kicked the program off in September with a round-table discussion on community-building, then broke into groups for school clean-up, equipment inventory, and scholarship application work.


October: Glenbrook South Teambuilding Camp

In October we continued our annual tradition with Coach Jeffrey and the Glenbrook South Titans Lacrosse program. OWLS Academy students took a bus to the GBS campus for a series of team-building challenges that promote positive communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Special thanks to our Titan family for the continued support (and big bag of 50 Chick Fila sandwiches for the ride home!).


October: Academy Tours Beloit College in Wisconsin!

Thank you Beloit College Men’s Lacrosse and Coach Rashad Devoe for hosting our student-athletes! We toured the campus, learned about real academic access opportunities through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion…and had a blast with Buc Nation in the athletic facilities! #GoBucs


October: Garfield Park Conservatory Trip (VIDEO)


November: Elmhurst College Visit and Live Practice with the Jays!

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The OWLS Academy College Tour continued with Elmhurst College Men’s Lacrosse! Special thanks Coach Morrell and Coach Rosiek for organizing and executing an incredibly impactful experience. Our student-athletes engaged in a comprehensive tour of campus, participated in a simulated practice, and took in a lecture on the nuts and bolts of the college recruiting process! #GoJays


November: Fall Finale at the Evanston Dome

Special thanks Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association for hosting the OWLS Academy “Fall Finale” at the Quad Sports Dome! We had an incredible turnout for “peace games” and community building…huge shoutout to the EYLA and ETHS Wildkit staff for leading the way!