Sam Angelotta, Executive Director
An Ohio native and former club lacrosse player at Indiana University, Sam first began to understand the intersection of sport and education through his work as a Local Development Officer with English Lacrosse Association (Manchester, England).
Angelotta started OWLS in 2011 after he returned to the U.S. and earned his Masters in Education from DePaul University. During his research he developed a passion for sports based youth development, and trauma-informed coaching. Soon enough our first site was identified in St. Malachy School (Near West Side), where Sam began as a student teacher. Following board development, equipment drives and volunteer recruitment, the first OWLS programs were forged afterschool at St. Malachy. Eventually Sam became a full-time teacher and the school’s first Athletic Director, running OWLS programming after-school and on Saturdays.
In 2016, Angelotta began working full time for OWLS in order to expand school partnerships, and improve educational and social outcomes for our participants.
Bryce Woodson, Chief Program Officer
A Hampton Roads (VA) native, Bryce first began playing lacrosse in the first grade. As a four time letter winner at The Ohio State University, he graduated with a bachelor of science in education, while earning the role of captain for the 2011 men’s lacrosse team.
Bryce’s professional career began as a physical educator and in the years since has coached at the youth, high school, and club levels throughout the country. He joined OWLS from the governing body of the sport, USA Lacrosse, where he was the Midwest Regional Manager. At USAL, Bryce led the delivery and implementation of lacrosse programs and services throughout the region’s massive chapter network.
Bryce’s expertise, character, and passion will cascade into the lives of our participants, improve our outcomes, and result in healthier overall OWLS ecosystems.
Alyson Myers, Academy Program Manager
A Virginia native, Aly attended the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in history, where she developed a passion for education. After her graduation, Aly moved to Chicago, where she fell in love with exploring the vibrant neighborhoods and experiencing the arts and culture in the city. In 2017, she headed back to the East Coast for graduate school at Brown University. Studying Public Humanities allowed her to work with schools, nonprofits, and various museums and connect with her local communities.
An avid basketball and tennis player growing up, sports have always been a large part of her life. Combining her love of education with her passion for sports, Aly volunteered for a sports-based youth organization for tennis, an experience that changed her life forever. Excited to move back to the Chicago area, Aly has continued her work with museums and schools before joining the OWLS Lacrosse organization as the Academy Program Manager. When she is not busy at work, Aly enjoys traveling, baking, playing tennis and pickleball, and binge-watching television shows with her husband and two cats.