Our Vision, Mission & Values
Our vision is for all kids in under resourced communities in the Chicagoland area to have alternatives to gangs and violence through organized sports.
Our mission is to provide quality sports gear and resources to schools and organizations who lack the funding to provide safe and successful sports programs.
Our values are based on the belief that there are life-changing benefits for youth who engage in sports and physical fitness.
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
Our Founder & Executive Director
My Dad inspired my passion for Sports
From as far back as I can remember I have loved sports! With a whiffle ball bat in hand, when I was up to bat in my grandparents back yard, even though I was one of the younger cousins (and a girl), it was my top priority as a 7 year old, to get on base! By the time I was on the Freshman softball team, nothing made me feel more accomplished than making a perfect throw from behind the plate to second base and shocking the umpire as he had no choice but to call the runner OUT at second.
Where did that come from? My dad! He took me to Cardinal baseball games from age 3 where we scored every play of the game from the bleachers. I asked countless questions about the players and statistics… it totally drove him crazy! But I think he truly enjoyed that I knew what the best choices were as we filled out the card to make selections for the upcoming All Star game.
Board of Directors
President and COO of Rust-Oleum Corporation
Board member since 2014
Thrivent Wealth Advisor
Board member since 2014
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Board member since 2009
Former President / CEO of Dexter Magnetic Tech
Board member since 2016
Jeff RaganDirector of Internal Audit W.W. Grainger
Board Member since 2017
Brian ScanlonDirector Global Talent Acquisition Verizon
Board Member since 2018
Morgan WaldronBusiness Development Manager Arco Murray
Board Member since 2017
President – Brooke Overgard
Vice President – Frank Carl
Treasurer – Nick Korhumel
Secretary – Jordyn Comitor
Director of Fundraising – Jacob Hage
The Ambassador Board is a group committed to increasing the Sports Shed’s visibility and impact. The Board will be throwing 4 quarterly social events to help fundraise and connect people to The Sports Shed. For more information about joining email Sherry Arthur.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who gets the sports equipment from The Sports Shed and what geographic area is served?
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?
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!
Do you accept donations of new or used sports equipment?
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 – email@example.com
We have collection bins located at a few suburban locations, see our website for current locations available for dropping off quality gear for donation.
Are donations tax deductible? Can I get a receipt?
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?
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?
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?
LightSource Unlimited, 980 Corporate Woods Pkwy. Vernon Hills IL 60061