The Sports Shed makes it possible for kids to have positive alternatives to gangs, violence and drugs through organized sports. We provide quality sports equipment to schools and other athletic programs in under-resourced communities.
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.
STUDENT ATHLETE OUTCOMES
Better attendance and improved GPA’s • Motivation and ability to move on to college • Healthier lifestyle habits • Greater confidence and self-discipline
Urban Students not involved in extracurriculars are
more likely to drop out of school
more likely to use drugs or get arrested
Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets the sports equipment from The Sports Shed and what geographic area is served?
Thousands of inner-city kids in low-income areas of Chicago, mainly on the south-side and west-‐side of the city, plus a few surrounding suburbs. We work directly with over 150 under-resourced schools, after-school/summer programs and sports leagues that struggle due to lack of funding. Curie High School and Shields Elementary School are among dozens of Chicago Public schools that benefit from The Sports Shed. We also support charter schools like Gary Comer College Prep and Perspectives Charter Network’s five campuses. America Scores Chicago and KAOS (Keeping Adolescence Off the Streets) Foundation are a couple examples of other programs that have received thousands of sports items from us.
How do you select the schools and programs that will benefit?
How is The Sports Shed funded and what is your annual budget?
How is the money I donate used?
How do I make a donation?
Make a donation online using your credit or debit card.
Mail a check to The Sports Shed, 872 S. Milwaukee Ave. #112, Libertyville IL 60048.
Maximize your giving – Most companies support charitable giving through matching gifts and payroll deductions. The Sports Shed is already set up on several company giveback programs such as IBM, Grainger, ITW and Thrivent Financial. Check with your Human Resources Department!
Are donations tax deductible? Can I get a receipt?
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?
Volunteers are needed to help with periodic fund-raising events such as the Rust-Oleum Championship PGA golf tournament where The Sports Shed is a charity partner.
Students can earn community service hours by volunteering on a one-time basis or to organize their school, team or group in doing a fundraiser to sponsor a team in need or initiate a collection drive.
Internships are available for college students who want to get experience in giving back and bringing growth opportunity to a charity making significant impact for Chicago’s inner-city youth.
Contact Jerry Graybosch for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I go with you to deliver sports equipment?
What are other ways to help?
Connect us – Sports equipment suppliers/retailers often have closeouts or excess inventor, which means partnerships with them is a win-win! We put the gear into hands of kids who need it and they receive a tax deduction for donated gear. We also can meet more needs with access to wholesale or special pricing from sports equipment dealers and manufacturers. Contact us to make an introduction with people you know in the industry! email@example.com
Do you accept donations of new or used sports equipment?
Yes, donations of quality Sports equipment can help us serve more kids!
USED EQUIPMENT – Play It Again Sports has 4 locations that make it easy to donate quality used gear and the credit value goes to The Sports Shed’s account! You will get donation receipt on the spot and it allows us fill the exact needs of programs we support. Simply take your donations to one of these stores, ask for a manager, and tell them you are DONATING to THE SPORTS SHED.
PARTICIPATING STORES: Northbrook – Schaumburg – Villa Park – Oak Lawn – Evanston – Naperville
NEW EQUIPMENT – Contact us directly to donate new sports equipment, apparel/uniforms, or athletic footwear. We will make arrangements to pick up and provide a donation receipt – firstname.lastname@example.org
We have collection bins located at a few suburban locations, see our website for current locations available for dropping off quality gear for donation.
What items do you need most? Are there items you cannot use?
We cannot accept worn out, damaged, mismatched or otherwise unusable items. We are committed to providing quality gear that makes kids feel valued and give them the best possible chance of success in their athletic experience.
Where is your facility? Can I visit/drop off donations?
We are fortunate to be able to operate out of two different locations, Vernon Hills and Chicago. We use shared office/warehouse space from two companies who allow us space within their place of business at no charge and we greatly appreciate their generosity! Prior arrangements must be made when visiting us so that staff or a volunteer can greet you at the entrance.
LightSource Unlimited, 980 Corporate Woods Pkwy. Vernon Hills IL 60061