Former Glencoe Trevians are now the North Shore Youth Football Club
Updated: March 13, 2013 12:06PM
The message is pretty simple to Chris Prawdzik, North Shore Youth Football Club president.
Simply stated, the club is an option to in-house community youth tackle football programs in the 12 communities and high schools it serves — Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Loyola, New Trier, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette, Winnetka.
Formerly known as the Glencoe Trevians, the North Shore Youth Football Club is an elite youth travel tackle football program for ages 6-14. It was started nine years ago by Mark Rice, and now welcomes 160 players. Many attended a Feb. 20 Highland Park sports agility clinic at Impact Sports Performance.
Prawdzik, of Northbrook, and his wife Abby have two sons, Cooper, 12, a sixth-grader and Campbell, 9, a third-grader, both Northfield Sunset Ridge School students.
The club is considering a new cheerleading program. Inquiries are encouraged. Visit www.northshoreyouthfootballclub.org and the North Shore Youth Football Club Facebook page. The club is part of The Chicago Youth Football League (TCYFL). Visit www.TCYFL.net.
Q. What is the program’s mission?
A. To prepare young men for success in high school football. To promote fundamental football skills, life lesson, fun and success.
Q. What is the difference between recruiting and joining?
A. NSYF does not recruit. We hope that the communities we serve see us as an elite travel youth football alternative to community in-house programs, similar to many of the other alternative youth sport organizations offered like hockey, basketball, baseball and lacrosse.
Q. How can neighbors support you?
A. Since we serve so many communities, we have a difficult time creating a true community feel. Our goal is to grow our program to create a community of North Shore families passionate about football. Our communities can help by embracing our efforts, participating and helping where they can. As a nonprofit organization, donations are always welcomed and encouraged.
Q. How can families get involved?
A. Families that are interested in getting involved with our efforts can reach me personally at email@example.com. There are many opportunities for families to get involved, as a volunteer, nonprofit youth organization we are always looking for active parents and their help is always welcome.
Q. What are your hobbies?
A. I don’t have time for hobbies with work, football and all the family activities that two younger sons bring. They are my hobby that I truly enjoy.
Q. Did you play football?
A. I played youth and high school football and was fortunate enough to receive a football scholarship to play in college at Augustana College. I was a WR/TE.
Q. What can travel football teach our youth?
A. Girls are certainly welcome but I don’t think we have had any girls come out. (As) a matter of fact, our mission states boys. Hmmm.
Q. What’s the safety standard?
A. NSYF’s number one priority is safety. Our coaches are required to go through intensive coaching certification which includes concussion training. We are also considering providing brand new helmets to all of our participants as part of registration. This way our families can be assured that their kids are properly fitted and are taking advantage of the newest technology in the industry.