Meet Some Staff

Sara Hokin


Director of Operations
FORMERLY: Former Director of Softball and Camp Director

My Dream: For girls everywhere to be able and proud to say they throw like a girl!

• Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls Assistant Camp Director and Softball Station Head inaugural summer 2007;

• Director of Softball Clinics for Deerfield Youth Baseball & Softball Association, DYBSA (4 yrs)

• Graduated from University of Tampa, May 2006, Bachelors Degree in Sports Management;

• Member of University of Tampa Spartan Varsity softball team 2002 – 2006;

• Member of the USA Women’s Softball team – member of gold medal team, 2005 Maccabiah International Games, Israel;

• Member of USA Women’s Softball team participating in the 2007 Maccabiah Pan American Games in Argentina;

• Past coach of JCC Maccabi Softball Team (2 yrs)

• Girls travel softball coach on the Northshore (4 yrs);

• Softball instructor for girls of all ages, group and private;

• Years of experience as summer camp counselor;

• Community Relations Intern for Chicago RUSH, Arena Football League, 2006

Where can you find Sara when not a the Game On! office?
On the volleyball court, the softball field, coaching girls softball, pushing her limits at the Crossfit gym, cheering on her favorite teams at professional sporting games, traveling or hanging with her family, friends & playing with her sweet puppy nephew Bleu.

Dislikes: Bananas, Distance Running & Boys who think they are better than girls.

Laura Johnson


Co-Director of Chicago Camp 2014
DURING THE SCHOOL-YEAR: Special Education Teacher Grades K-8

When we asked Laura what she was most looking forward to this summer, she said, "I am excited for the experience as a whole! I look forward to getting to know all of the campers and staff. I am enthusiastic about helping campers develop in both sports and as individuals as a whole."

SCHOOL: Miami University

STUDIED: Special Education

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 2

SPORTS PLAYED: All-Conference in Swimming for all 4 years at GBN High School
Participated in Tennis & Softball when younger.

For the last 5 summers she was a swim coach at a country club for children ages 4 - 14.

FUN FACT: "I have been white water rafting in Alaska and Colorado, both experiences were absolutely amazing!"

FAVORITE FAMOUS ATHLETE: Missy Franklin- I admire her positivity and dedication to swimming.

Aggie Rzucidlo


Co-Director of Chicago Camp 2014
DURING THE SCHOOL-YEAR: Special Education Teacher Grades K-8

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Augustana College & University of Illinois at Chicago

STUDIED: Psychology, Biology & Special Education

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 2

SPORTS PLAYED: 3 Sport Athlete in High School- Volleyball, Soccer & Basketball COLLEGE Intramurals: Soccer, Basketball, Kickball, Softball, Dodgeball, Flag Football & Volleyball

FUN FACT: Aggie can read, write & speak in English and Polish. She swam with green sea turtles.

FAVORITE FAMOUS ATHLETE: "Mia Hamm! She fell in love with soccer at a young age, even when she was not very good. She pushed herself through a birth defect on her feet and surpassed all opinions. As the youngest women to be on a national team, she surprised all of us and has made history!"


Christina Troy


Tennis Director Chicago
Christina's 2nd year at Game On! Last year she worked with our Ponytails and helped out on the tennis courts when possible. This year she will lead our tennis program.

Schools you have attended in the past: Saint Ignatius College Prep and Providence College

Studied Elementary/Special Education Undergrad, Reading Specialist Graduate

School you are currently attending: Concordia University Chicago for Graduate Program to become a reading specialist

Past jobs: Tennis Pro at LaGrange Country Club, Tennis Pro at LaGrange Field CLub

Current job/student status: Elementary Special Education teacher at Queen of All Saints in Chicago

List academic or job related accolades: Big East All Academic, Deans List in College, Education

Honor Society

Sports Played in College: NCAA Division 1 Tennis Team Member for 4 years at Providence College

Something interesting or unique about yourself: I enjoy traveling and have white water rafted in the Swiss Alps and canyon jumped off an 80 meter cliff

Favorite famous athlete: Patrick Kane

Sarah Curci


Coach- Chicago
Schools: University High School & Washington University in St. Louis
Studying: Psychology and Spanish

Hometown: Chicago

Years at Game On!: 3

Sports I play/enjoy: Cross Country and Track & Field

Sports teams you have played on in the past: Chicago Lakefront Soccer Club, Celtic FC Chicago, U-High Soccer, U-High Cross Country and Track & Field

List any sports accolades: NCAA Cross Country Midwest All-Region Team, All-Conference Track

Quote: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

Fun Fact: I have gone swimming with Beluga whales.

Favorite famous athlete: Mia Hamm

What are you looking forward to most at Game On! this summer!? Having fun in the sun with my campers!

Stephanie Bailen


Coach - Lake Forest
Stephanie is joining Game On! to bring the joy she felt during her camp experiences as a child to all our Game On! girls. She hopes to serve as a positive role model and provide the girls with a fantastic camp experience.

-Current School: Senior at Highland Park High School
-Will be Attending: College of Business at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
-Work Experience: Lifeguard, Lake Shore Country Club
-Camp Experience: Counselor in Training; Camp Sunshine, Park District of Highland Park Sports Accolades: Varsity Tennis; Central Suburban League North: Conference Champion; Qualified for CSLN Sectionals; Recipient of 2011-2012 Giants Award (tennis); Varsity Soccer; FC United Soccer League; Selected to Moline Tounament All-Tournament Soccer Team
-What Stephanie says about sports: "Sports have shaped me into what I am today"
-What Stephanie's tennis coach says about her: "She is a great athlete and an even better person"
-Favorite Athlete: Hope Solo (American soccer goalkeeper and a 2 time Olympic gold medalist)

Peter Albright


Director of Volleyball Chicago '14
Schools: Lane Tech High School, DePaul University Class of 2015 and is studying Exercise Science

Past jobs: Athletico Physical Therapist Aide, Evolution Volleyball Academy Coach, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School VolleyBall coach, UPS helper, Sports Monster Referee

Sports you particpated in highschool, college or post: Played just about every sport growing up, a lot of basketball, volleyball, and football

Sports teams you have played on in the past: Wrestling team for a year, Volleyball team for four years, Club volleyball for three years at various clubs

Sports Teams/Activties you are currently on and involved in: Coaching two different schools’ volleyball teams. I normally join beach volleyball doubles leagues and tournaments in the summer

List Coaching experiences : Evolution Volleyball Academy & Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Volleyball Team Coach

List any sports accolades: MVP my sophmore year. Captain for junior and senior year.

Something interesting about Peter: He enjoys theater and playing guitar.

Favorite famous athlete: Derick Rose

What are you looking forward to most at Game On! this summer!?: Having the opportunity to get campers excited about volleyball and hoping for them to develop a passion around the sport just as I have.

Paige Miller


Coach - Lake Forest 2013, 2014
Paige is not only a returning coach but she was also a long time Game On! camper!

School: Deerfield High School

Member of the Deerfield High School Varsity Volleyball Team

Sports teams she hasplayed on in the past: Northbrook Spartans Soccer Club, Sky High Volleyball, TNT Volleyball, Deerfield High School Volleyball, Joy of the Game Basketball

Favorite Famous Athlete: Kerri Walsh

We asked Paige what she is most looking forward to most at Game On! this summer!? Her response, "Watching campers improve in sports and seeing them become better leaders while making new friends!"


Rachel Gordon


Coach - Lake Forest 2013, 2014
School: Deerfield High School

Past jobs: Game On! CIT and Intern, Teaching Assistant at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook.

Sports Teams/Activties you are currently on and involved in: DHS Girls Track and Field, DHS Wind Ensemble, DHS Marching Band

Fun Fact: I love skiing! I have been skiing since age 2 and I go to Colorado every year to ski with my family.

Favorite famous athlete: I love Gracie Gold because I love watching figure skating in the Olympics!!

What are you looking forward to most at Game On! this summer!?: Being with the campers every day, making friends, and having a great time playing sports! I am so excited.

Megan Sowa


Softball Director Chicago 2014

Schools you have attended in the past: Woodland Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School, Warren Township High School

School you are currently attending: Drake University

I am currently double majoring in Secondary Education and English, but I am also trying to get an endorsement in Special Education.

Sports Played in College: Varsity Softball Team member at Drake University

Past jobs: 2nd year as Assistant Softball Coach at Woodland Middle School, Worked at High School camps for the softball programs

List any sports accolades: MVP of Varsity softball team 2012 and 2013, Newcomer of the Week in the Missouri Valley Conference the week of 3-3-14.

Something interesting or unique about yourself: One of my feet is at least an entire footsize bigger than the other (one shoe never fits), I have never traveled out of the country, and I would like to think that I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan even though I have never read one of the books.

Favorite famous athlete: I don’t know if I could choose just one. Lauren Chamberlain from Oklahoma University softball team has to be one of my favorite and most respected athletes.

Tia Rupnik


Camp Director- Lake Forest
This is Tia's second year at Game On! Lake Forest. She was our Director of Volleyball and Basketball last summer. Tia's energy, creativity, teaching method and fun attitude was appreciated by all. Our campers couldn't get enough and neither could we. We welcome Tia back to camp as our Director of Lake Forest.

School: Lake Forest College
Studied: Secondary Education and Mathematics
Master of Arts in Teaching - LFC

Tia played 1 year of basketball and 4 years of Volleyball at Lake Forest College.

Most recent coaching experience: Freshman Girls' Volleyball Coach at Vernon Hill High School, Head Volleyball Coach for Libertyville Juniors Volleyball Club

How have sports impacted your life: Sports involvement has, as cliché as it may sound, made me the woman I am today. Just looking at the surface, it has made physical fitness one of my top priorities and hobbies, as well as giving me opportunities to meet the people I can call my best friends. Looking deeper, sports have taught me how to manage time, what it means to be passionate about something, how to work through adversity, and the true meaning of success. Sports involvement has helped me discover my passion to be an educator and to commit myself to a life of learning and passion.

Sara Spiro


Director of Softball - Lake Forest
Schools you have attended in the past: Walden Elementary School; Shepard Middle; Deerfield High School

Sara will be attendinng University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studing Graphic Design

Sports teams you have played on in the past: Deerfield Warriors (softball, field hockey,basketball), Vernon Hills Stingers (softball), JCC Maccabi Chicago Team (softball).

List any sports accolades:
Field Hockey Captain (Freshman and Junior Years), Field Hockey Awards (Most Spirited Junior year, Most Improved and Coaches Award Senior Year.)
Softball Awards (Most Improved Freshman year, National Fastpitch Coaches Association All- American Student Athlete 2010-2013)

Something interesting or unique: I love to draw and make art just about as much as I love to play sports.

What is Sara most looking forward to most at Game On! this summer!?
I am really looknig forward to inspiring girls to challenge themselves, encourage others, and develop a love for a sport they may not have considered before. I know that I have an opportunity to be a
great role model for the campers and I look forward to doing so.

Amy Gorzynski


Camp Director- Lake Forest
• - Graduated magna cum laude, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) 2002, bachelors degree in Business Administration;
• - Played varsity basketball and softball for IWU, team captain for basketball team;
• - 2004 earned Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University;
• - Currently teaches in the Business Department at East Leyden High School;
• - Assistant Girls’ Varsity Leyden Basketball coach for the last three years;
• - Adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt University in the College of Education;
• - Extensive experience with summer sports camps including 6 years at Hi-Five Sports Camp, Northfield (coach, station head, and division leader).

Kate Flanagan


Lacrosse Station Head & Assistant Camp Director- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: Carthage College

HOME TOWN: Wheeling

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 2 Years

SPORTS YOU PLAY: I am a 2 sport athlete at Carthage College. I play Lacrosse & Volleyball and enjoy badminton in my free time.

QUOTE: “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”- Lou Holtz

FUN FACT: I hate candy corn.

Nicole Druktenis


Coach- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: University of Illinois – Urbana/ Champaign

HOME TOWN: Highwood

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 4 years

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Soccer, Cross Country, & Track

QUOTE: “I love Game On!”

FUN FACT: I went skydiving.

Rachel Mohr


Coach- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: St. Louis University

HOME TOWN: Antioch

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 2 years

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Soccer, Field Hockey, Basketball

QUOTE: “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

FUN FACT: I am related to Joseph Mohr, the man who wrote “Silent Night”

Megan Frieling


Softball Station Head- Chicago
School: Ashford University
Hometown: Lansing, IL
Years at Game On!: 1
Sports I play/enjoy: Softball
Quote: "I make my weaknesses my strengths and my strengths stronger." -Lisa Fernandez, Pitcher, Team USA
Fun Fact: I love shoes!

Libby Winter


Volleyball Station Head- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: Indiana University

HOME TOWN: Northbrook

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 1 year

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Volleyball

QUOTE: “Do what you love and love what you do.”

FUN FACT: I’ve gone scuba diving with a shark.

Jenn Grage


Coach- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: University of Illinois- Urbana/ Champaign

HOME TOWN: Deerfield

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 1st year

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Soccer, Cross Country

QUOTE: “Life’s what you make it so let’s make it rock!”

FUN FACT: My favorite aisle in the grocery store is the cereal aisle.

Max Burgess


Coach- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: Lawrence University

HOME TOWN: Bannockburn

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 1st year

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Basketball at Lawence University

QUOTE: “Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled and it has made all the difference” –Robert Frost

FUN FACT: I play college basketball at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

Karen Ibata


Soccer Station Head- Lake Forest
SCHOOL: Trinity International University

HOME TOWN: Arlington Heights

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 1st year

SPORTS YOU PLAY: I played soccer for Trinity International University and I also enjoy Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Swimming, Track and Softball

QUOTE: “Some people succeed because they are destined to, others because thy are determined to.”

FUN FACT: I got married on July 3, 2011.

Kate Stucke


Coach- Chicago
School: Ohio State University

Hometown: Decatur, Georgia

Years at Game On!: 1 year

Sports I play: Soccer

Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

Fun fact: I play guitar!

Sarah Grage


Coach
SCHOOL: University of Illinois- Urbana/ Champaign

HOME TOWN: Deerfield

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 5 years (I finally earned my 5 year jacket !)

SPORTS YOU PLAY: I play it all but soccer is probably my favorite.

QUOTE: “I don’t do mornings”

FUN FACT: When I grow up I want to work for a foundation.

Chelsea Lee


Coach
SCHOOL: Denison University

HOME TOWN: Lake Bluff

YEARS AT GAME ON!: 2 years

SPORTS YOU PLAY: Golf, Swimming, Volleyball, Softball

QUOTE: “Veni, Vidi, Vici” “I came, I saw, I conquered”

FUN FACT: I sang at the initiation of the Illinois state quarter.

Rebecca Hall


Coach- Chicago
School: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Hometown: Moncks Corner, SC

Years at Game On! : 1

Sports you play/enjoy: Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball

Quote: "The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle" -Unknown

Fun Fact: So far, I have lived in 6 different states and 16 different houses.

Asia Niforos


Coach Chicago
School: Lane Tech Highschool

Hometown: Chicago

Years at Game On!: 3 years

Sports you play/ enjoy: Play soccer, volleyball, run track and cross country and snowboard

Favorite Quote: "Work Hard Play Hard"

Fun Fact: Traveled to Greece, Italy, Hawaii, Riviera Maya, Marco Island Florida, Tempe Arizona and New York (8 times)!!!

Katie Angulo


Lacrosse Station Head- Chicago
School: Columbia University in NYC

Hometown: Chicago

Years at Game On!: 1

Sports you play/enjoy: lacrosse!

Quote: "Is the hokey pokey really what it's all about?"

Fun Fact: I'm afraid of whales and butterflies and I LOVE Justin Bieber

Veronika Leszayova


Tennis Station Head - Chicago
Veronika is a tennis coach and tennis professional. In addition to her tennis prowess, Veronika is fluent in 4 languages. When we asked her what she is most looking forward to this summer, she said, "Sharing my love for tennis with the campers, and Water Wars!!!!"

-Experience: 2012 Game On! Tennis Director; Director of Adult Programming and Tennis Professional at Midtown Athletic Club; Midtown Athletic Club Summer Camp, XS Tennis, and Drake Summer Camp - all for girls 4+; O'Gorman High School Girls Tennis Coach
-Certifications: United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) with a focus on junior players
-Current Jobs: Tennis Professional at XS Tennis; Tennis XSpress Educational Program Instructor
-Coaching Experience: 2012 & 2013 Game On! Tennis Director; Volunteer as a coach for O'Gorman High School; Midtown Athletic Club Summer Camp, XS Tennis, and Drake Summer Camp - all for girls 4+; Tennis XSpress Educational Program Instructor; Midtown Athletic Club- Director of Adult Programming/Tennis Professional
-Sports Accolades/Tournaments: National Winner of the KIA Amateur Australian Open in 2011; Only female U.S. representative at the KIA Amateur Australian Open in Melbourne in 2012; Singles and Doubles winner of the Midwest Open Series Championship 2012
-Favorite Famous Athlete: Alberto Tomba (Alpine skier)

Lauren Abrams


Coach - Lake Forest
Lauren's sports involvement strongly impacted her life by providing her with opportunities to bond with her athletic older brothers.

When we asked her what she is most excited about this year at Game On!, she said, "Spending yet another sports crazy summer outdoors and hearing the laughter of young girls having a great time."

Current School: University of Michigan
Future Plans: Elmentary School Teacher
Work Experience: Gym Supervisor for the park district; Counselor at Rookies Sports Camp; Softball Manager (high school)
Camp Experience: Spent 7 summers at Camp Kamaji for Girls; Counselor in Training at Camp Kamaji

Laura Gbur


Co-Director Chicago
Laura has been to 17 countries, but her favorite place in the world is her grandma's cottage where she spent her summers growing up.

When we asked Laura what she is most looking forward to this summer, she said, "I'm looking forward to seeing all the campers from last year and meeting a great new group of campers this summer!!"

Most Recently Graduated From: University of Illinois at Chicago, Master's in Social Work
Work Experience: Intervention Assistant at Eisenhower High School (Blue Island), Summer Nanny, Administrative Assistant at Adventist Health Sysatems, Intern at Illinois DCFS, Social Worker Intern at Eisenhower High School
Camp Experience: Coach at Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls
Coach Experience: Current assistant coach for girl's track team
Past Sports Teams: Hinsdale High School Track, Gravity Volleyball Club
Present Sports Teams: Recreation softball and volleyball leagues
Accolades: Dean's List in college, National Society of Collegiate Scholars member in college, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society in college, Support Staff Member of the Month at Eisenhower High School (2013)
Favorite Athlete: Misty Mae-Treanor (beach volleyball) and Jordyn Wieber (gymnist)