OWLS Academy Fall ’17

By December 13, 2017Uncategorized

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!