The Jr. Wildkits Lacrosse program run by Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association (“EYLA”) has been formed for the purpose of strengthening youth lacrosse for boys and girls in Evanston, IL by (1) creating a communication channel between national lacrosse orga

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Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association

Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association
2906 Central Street #173
Evanston, IL 60201

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Mission

The Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association (“EYLA”) was formed for the purpose of strengthening youth lacrosse in Evanston, IL by (1) creating a communication channel between national lacrosse organizations and local coaches and parents, (2) providing lacrosse information to the Evanston community, (3) cooperating with other youth sports programs to permit a larger and more diverse group of young athletes to experience the game of lacrosse, and (4) developing a fundraising structure that would make Evanston youth lacrosse a more inclusive activity for kids of all backgrounds.

EYLA Organization

On March 11, 2008 with the help of 5 founding directors and support of many friends the Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association  (EYLA) was officially incorporated as a non-profit corporation.  EYLA provides youth lacrosse programs for girls and boys that range in age from as young as 5 years old to 15 year olds.  

In 2014, EYLA launched a new branding campaign to further align our youth organization with Evanston Township High School.  Our official team colors are orange, blue and white.  Team names are often referred to as Jr. Wildkits Lacrosse.

EYLA Board

The Board governing EYLA is a volunteer membership.  The role of the EYLA Board is to set short term and long term goals of the organization. A list of our Board of Directors can be found by clicking HERE 

The EYLA Board has formally established 6 committees to help guide operational activities of the Evanston Youth Lacrosse program.  Committees consist of board members and non-members as specified in EYLA by-laws.  All committees are chaired by EYLA Board members.  The committees are as follows:

  • Finance Committee: Chairperson-David Streicker
  • Boys Program Committee:  Chairperson- Kevin Ball
  • Girls Program Committee: Chairperson- Nick Long
  • Sportsmanship, Ethics & Safety Committee:  Chairperson- Eric Chehab
  • Communications & Technology Committee:  Chairperson- Peter Fitzgerald
  • Outreach Committee:  Chairperson- Jim Myers

Further explanation of the function of the EYLA Board committees can be found under the Documents section of the website or click HERE to open the file

EYLA Program Operations

EYLA has no employees but the program does retain independent contractors to run daily operations.  At the current scale of the association there are 3 contractors that lend their time and effort on an annual basis, the Program Administrator, Boys Program Director and Girls Program Director. 

The coaching staff is retained on a season by season basis.  EYLA has a combination of compensated contractors and volunteer coaches. 

Parent Leadership Team (PLT)

The PLT is an ongoing group of parent volunteers that helps with operational activities on a season by season basis.

The primary duties of the Parent Leadership Team is to assist with recruiting team managers and to coordinate and manage special events.