Director of Finance
Michael A. Knight
Founder and Executive Director of the NorthSide Youth Athletic Association (NSYAA), Eugene has worked tirelessly to change the culture of the inner-city and is committed to raising the expectations of both parents and the youth as it relates to athletics, education, community involvement and overall success despite the challenges they may encounter within the inner city of Pittsburgh.
Born and raised within the very community he is serving, Eugene knows firsthand the despair and misfortune that plagues residents who are striving to provide a better life for their families. Crediting his mother, Darlene Goodwine, for instilling in him the tools that he still uses today – perseverance, persistence and passion, Eugene continues to see the fruit of his mother’s three P’s in his life and he takes pride in teaching the three P’s to the youth he serves both in and out of season.
Overcoming many challenges, a promise and a commitment was made that would significantly impact hundreds of children within the very community he hailed from. Helping under-privileged and under-served youth to avoid the many pitfalls and maneuver around the mistakes common to the inner-city, the Northside Youth Athletic Association is that promise and Eugene’s commitment is seen year-round both on and off the fields and courts.
Director of Youth Programming and Director of Cheerleading for the NorthSide Youth Athletic Association (NSYAA) are only two of the many hats Lateia wears within the growing non-profit organization that serves the youth of the urban Northside community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh by John and Cynthia Eubanks, Lateia was educated through the Pittsburgh Public School system, graduated from Perry Traditional Academy High School and later attended the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) where she majored in Business and went on to work in the banking and financial industry.
With a quiet and meek demeanor, Lateia has an incredible strength and boldness that she now harnesses for a work that she was destined for – reaching and impacting young, inner-city girls in a significant way. Dedicating her personal time to such a work has its own reward, having experienced tragedy of her own while growing up in a rough inner-city neighborhood herself.
Michael Knight (Coach Mike) is the Co-Founder and Director of Finance for NSYAA. A Pittsburgh native, Mike graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a focus in accounting.
Mike has been involved with sports since he was 12 years old. He’s played on soccer, hockey, basketball, wrestling, and track teams and even played college football for three seasons. Mike has volunteered with youth since his senior year of High School. His volunteer work has gotten him recognized for multiple awards such as, Finalist for the Jefferson Volunteer of the Year Award, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40, and New Pittsburgh Courier’s 40 under 40.
Mike has been coaching for the Northside Steelers football program since 2010, making connections with the youth, their family and community leaders from the Northside who believe in the vision of NSYAA, seeing how the organization is directly impacting the community; he is looking forward to continuing to build on that foundation.
A native of Pittsburgh, Carla graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Professional Communications, with a concentration certificate in Corporate and Community Relations.
Volunteering for organized youth sports since 2010, Carla learned early on as a child, the importance of being involved in sports as she enjoyed being a cheerleader for four years and five years on the drill team. Those experiences laid the foundation that would encourage her to volunteer and give her time to the work of impacting the community and particularly to advocating the importance that sports play in the development of children.
As the Manager of Program Support for an organization within the city of Pittsburgh that teaches middle and high-school students how to become entrepreneurs, she is also serving as the Director of Public Relations for the NSYAA where she oversees the organization’s internal and external marketing, communications and public relations activities.