The Sports Shed’s Response to COVID-19

Dear Friends, Supporters and Sports Enthusiasts,

Now more than ever we understand the importance of sports. We feel the loss of kids not being able to play and compete. We miss cheering for and participating in sports of all kinds and at all levels.

But most importantly, we recognize that many around the world are facing sickness, hardship and grief due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to each of you in this time of uncertainty and loss.

At the Sports Shed we are actively preparing for and looking forward to the return of youth sports. We are thankful for the support we have received that enables us to maintain organizational stability during this difficult time. We know and are anticipating that the need for our services will be greater than ever in the coming months as we all rebuild.

Sports develop perseverance, fortitude, self-discipline and team spirit. The current pandemic gives us the opportunity to put those characteristics into practice.

Thank you for your continued support of The Sports Shed. We look forward to celebrating with you on the other side of this.

Stay healthy and safe,

Tina Sernett
Executive Director

Our Mission

The Sports Shed provides quality sports gear and resources to schools and organizations who lack the funding to provide safe and successful sports programs.

How it works


Under-resourced schools and programs reach out to us with needs.


We meet with them to access their needs and offer our expertise.


We fill wish lists from our Shed or through Play Again Sports and wholesale partners.


Kids have gear to safely compete and develop life-long skills!


Hundreds of Chicago Schools & Programs have been hit with massive State and local budget cuts, leaving them with little to no funding for sports.

Youth Sports are on the decline in Urban areas due to the high cost of uniforms, footwear, and equipment necessary to outfit a team.

Urban students not involved in extracurricular activities are 57% more likely to drop out and are 27% more likely to use drugs or get arrested.

We estimate that we are only meeting 10% of the need in Chicago due to increasing demand.

Our Impact Since 2009

Kids Impacted

Dollars of gear

Items Distrubuted

Corporate & Foundation Sponsors

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Community Partners

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