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Playing for Peace 2019

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Dear OWLS Community,

The 8th Annual “Playing for Peace” will be held on the morning of Sunday, October 6th at McKinley Park 2210 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609.

This initiative has come a long way in the past eight years. What started as a very small profile get together with our flagship site St. Malachy School and Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse, has grown into a multi-school 100+ participant event. This year we will be featuring our incredible partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Blackhawks, Union League Boys and Girls Club, and Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse. While we have seen terrific growth and interest in our annual event, the main act has always been, and will continue to be our incredible students. They are the lifeblood for this event, and the reason for its success.

So much of Playing for Peace isn’t about the lacrosse game we all play, but rather the close-knit, supportive, and compassionate community surrounding it. In addition to the lacrosse clinic component, students will be participating in a floor hockey station led by the Hawks Fan Development team, and a park cleanup service project coordinated by our friends at the Park District.

We want you to see our programs in action! To kickoff the event, we would like to host YOU for a VIP Breakfast with some of Chicago’s most active community members and lacrosse’s most influential leaders. Please register below for the VIP Breakfast which will include a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Hope to see you there!

Playing for Peace VIP Breakfast Registration

Yours in Lacrosse,

Sam Angelotta,
OWLS Executive Director

OWLS Featured in Chicago Sun Times

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Dear OWLS Community,

We’re so excited to be part of the Chicago Sun-Times series spotlighting the people and professions that keep Chicago thriving. The profiles in this project are made possible by the Chicago Blackhawks, and you can read the full feature article here.

We are so excited about the growth of our programs and the positive impact on our participants’ lives as a result. This is due in very large part to community supporters such as you… THANK YOU! This train will keep moving, and we would love to have you on board at the upcoming “Playing for Peace Day” on October 6th, registration for the VIP Breakfast is live now!

Yours in Lacrosse,

Sam Angelotta,
OWLS Executive Director

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!

VIEW SLIDESHOW AND RECAP OF OUR PLL TRIP

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.

Click for Chidera’s Full Success Story

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

CLICK HERE FOR JILLIAN’S FULL STORY