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Our New Office Won’t Change Our Dedication to Helping Student-Athletes Play In College

ncsa office space at 1333 n kingsbury

The following is a guest post by Lisa Strasman, our president and COO, who regularly contributes to the blog.

NCSA has some exciting news – we’re moving to a new home this weekend. Our Chicago team has been rapidly growing over the past decade, and the time has come to expand our office space.

It’s a thrilling time for us, yet also a time of nostalgia and gratitude for where we came from.

I will always remember my first day at NCSA. I stepped into the small rickety office on Paulina Street and someone stood up and screamed: “Hey guys, the rookie’s here! Who’s got her?”

It was a while before anybody came, so I awkwardly stood there peering out at the 15 or so employees, all who relied on small desk lamps to keep their work space bright in the dimly lit office. There was an endless sea of paper and folders, and clunky gray CRT monitors many of us had years ago in our junior high computer lab. Despite the odd welcome and dreary office space, all I really saw was possibility. This company was doing something special, and quickly I was hooked.

We quickly outgrew the first NCSA office.

We worked hard in that little office, and seven months later moved to a new space at 1415 North Dayton Street. We ditched the desk lamps, but the air of possibility followed. With every family who called to share their commitment or thank us for our help, the air of possibility shifted to a sense of potential, and responsibility. The vision of our founder, Chris Krause, to help student-athletes achieve their dreams, had become reality. And we had an obligation to do it tremendously well, and at scale.

We’ve spent 10 growing years at 1415 North Dayton Street, and built the infrastructure that’s helped more than 80,000 student-athletes fulfill their dreams of becoming college athletes.

Whether a teammate has been here 10 years or 10 days, we all have our own personal memories of this office. These last few days have been filled with emotion and excitement.

The beauty of moving, however, is this: NCSA has thrived not because of, but sometimes in spite of, our physical space. Regardless of where our desks sit, we are all united around the common theme of helping student-athletes.

Regardless of where our desks sit, we are all united around the common theme of helping student-athletes.

We will never lose the grit and sense of urgency on which we were built.

While we are moving to a beautiful new physical space, we will never lose the grit and sense of urgency upon which NCSA was built. When an NCSA teammate picks up the phone, the space they are sitting in is actually just a backdrop, because they are in their own world with that family on the other end. No matter where we sit, or what office space we call home, the care we are at the ready to provide for a student-athlete in need will forever remain at the forefront.

Our new space will provide us with many new ways to better operate as a united team. We have a tremendous amount of responsibility to enhance our service to you – our families – and our coaches. This transition to a new office is not a chance not to merely look better, but to be better. We are committed to that, and the future possibilities are endless.

Our new address:

1333 North Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

I also want to remind student-athletes and their families that our door is always open at NCSA. If you are in the Chicago area and would like to pop in for a tour of our new space and to meet the team, we would love to have you! Simply reach out to Stef Wolff and we will schedule a visit.

Lisa Strasman, President

P.S. – We’re always looking for new great talent to join our team. So if you’d like a – literally – brand new office while you transform the lives of young student-athletes, let us know.
guest parking for ncsa office at 1333 guest parking
(Look – we already have guest parking!)

Don’t worry. This won’t affect our dedication to helping every student-athlete find the right school to play their sport in college. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.