Earlier this summer, US Lacrosse Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Ann Kitt Carpenetti was named to the Board of Directors for the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS). Carpenetti’s term began on July 21.

Under the direction of Executive Director Wayne B. Moss, the NCYS seeks to train and educate coaches, educators and family members to ensure that young people participate in a safe environment so they get all of the benefits associated with youth sports. The NCYS serves over 60 million boys and girls youth sport programs.

“The reason why I was interested in providing service to the NCYS Board is because I believe deeply in their mission to advocate for young people to have access to a safe and inclusive sport experience,” said Carpenetti. “My skill set and passion for the advancement of all youth sports made me feel that I could help NCYS advance their goals and would provide me with the opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in sport and business sectors who support and seek to advance the goals and mission of NCYS. I’m so honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve alongside so many strong leaders in youth sport, especially Wayne B. Moss. These are challenging times for the lacrosse community and all of youth sport, which makes the mission and work of NCYS more important than ever.”

Carpenetti joined the staff of US Lacrosse in 2004 as the Women’s Division Director before being promoted to Managing Director of Games Administration in 2010 and to her current role in 2014.

A Long Island native who played club lacrosse at the University of Buffalo and has coached and officiated the sport as well, Carpenetti spent the first eight years of her professional career working in the field of public policy and government relations through positions with the National Women’s Health Network, the National Partnership for Women and Families and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

In addition to her role at US Lacrosse, Carpenetti currently serves as the U.S. delegate to World Lacrosse, sits on the board of the Pan-American Lacrosse Association and is chair the ASTM Lacrosse Equipment Committee. She was one of four individuals honored last summer with the World Lacrosse Development Award.