Evanston/North Shore

Flying Fish Booster Club

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The Flying Fish Booster Club, established in 2009, helps manage all aspects YWCA Flying Fish Swim Team’s special events and relevant business activities. These include YWCA meets, social events, fundraising, philanthropy, and recruiting and coordinating the training of officials from within the club. Our goal is to ensure awareness of useful information, and encourage member participation and volunteer involvement to foster and strengthen our dedicated Flying Fish community.

The FF Booster Club is governed by a Board of Directors, which meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6 pm at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. All Flying Fish parents are welcome to attend these meetings.

2017/2018 Flying Fish Booster Club Board:

  • Aquatics Director: Pete Caragher
  • Lisa Altenbernd
  • Kristyn Gibson
  • Alex Piper
  • Judy Rubovits
  • Patricia Stankovic

Who are we?

We are you! All parents of YWFF swim team members in good standing and any team members 18 and over who are in good standing are automatically members of the Flying Fish Booster Club (good standing is defined by being current on YWFF swim team financial obligations).

So what are we about, specifically?

We’re about promoting swimming, philanthropy, friendships & fun:


With over5600 swimmers aged 6-18 from Evanston, Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka and surrounding communities, the Flying Fish swim team has become the largest swim team in Illinois and one of the largest teams in the country. Each year for the past eight years, Flying Fish swimmers have been elected as captains of their high school teams. A half dozen Flying Fish have been state champions and five swimmers have been ranked in the top 25 in the country in different events. In addition to competing in high level national competitions, many of our swimmers travel to YWCA Swimming Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina each year. With both competitive and non-competitive tracks, the team also accommodates swimmers who are primarily interested in recreation and fitness, providing a healthy outlet for children who are not ready to commit to the intensity of competitive swimming.

Our children swim for the Flying Fish because we value inclusivity and growth as much as we value competition. The Flying Fish Boosters Club supports the swimming part of the team through our Flying Fish fees. These fees (and fundraisers like concessions at intersquad meets) help pay for things like entry fees for swim meets and special equipment for the team.

Fish Philanthropy

We’re not just about strong strokes; we’re also about strong character. As a team, we are committed to regularly supporting our community. All of our team members are encouraged to participate in community service projects and fundraising activities, many of which are readily available at YWCA. These include:

  • swim marathon sponsorship
  • participation in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate
  • support of the YWomen Leadership Awards
  • contributions to clothing and holiday drives for Mary Lou’s Place, YWCA's domestic violence shelter for women and their children
  • adoption of rooms at the shelter and planting/caretaking of gardens on the property
  • planning parties and activities for the children at Mary Lou's Place 
  • volunteering to serve on a committee
Friendships & Fun

We like to have fun! Building strong relationships is fundamental to the core strength of our team. We realize that being a “swimming family” is a huge commitment. Everyone’s hard work is rewarded with regular, fun social events so that swimmers, families, and adult members can to get to know each other and have fun together. Boosters Club events will include assistance with and coordination of:

  • Halloween parties
  • Lock-ins
  • Booster gatherings
  • Team Socials
  • Travel meets

Want to learn more?

Come to the next FF Boosters Club Board meeting, or email ffboosters@ywcae-ns.org).  You’re already a Boosters Club member -- we value your feedback and we want to hear from anyone who’s interested in becoming more involved.


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