Our goal is to provide quality gear that makes kids feel valued and gives them the best possible chance at a successful athletic experience. You can donate gear directly to our Shed or through Play It Again Sports. See more information below to determine the best option.

Donate to The Shed

Bring your quality new or gently used gear to one of our collection bins in the Chicago area.

If you are not able to make it to a collection bin listed below, contact us directly with a description of the items and your location.

If the items you wish to donate are not on the most needed items list, please consider donating through Play It Again Sports so that we can get exactly what our recipients need.

  • Soccer balls – sizes 4 and 5
  • Soccer cleats – sizes 5 and up
  • Basketballs – leather or composite
  • Footballs – leather or composite
  • Volleyballs
  • Cones
  • Leather baseballs and softballs
  • Fielding gloves – sizes 11 and up
  • BBCOR Baseball bats for high school age kids
  • Tennis Rackets – purchased with-in the last 8-10 years
  • Athletic equipment bags (make sure all zippers work and no holes or tears)
Items we cannot accept for donation:
  • Used apparel
  • Heavily used or non-functioning items (ripped equipment, balls that don’t hold air, etc)
  • Home gym equipment
  • Outdated items
  • Non-sports related items (i.e. toys, beach equipment, etc)



Vernon Hills Park District – Sullivan Center 

635 N Aspen Dr,

Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Fred’s Pro Shop 

635 N Aspen Dr.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061


28427 N, Ballard Dr.

Libertyville, IL 60048

Sports 11

838 S Milwaukee Ave.

Libertyville, IL 60048

Contact Us

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Turn your used gear into credit that The Sports Shed can use to purchase exactly what our recipients need. We have a partnership with 7 Chicago area Play It Again Sports locations. Click on the links below to find the partner store location closest to you.  

Tell them you are there to donate to The Sports Shed and the value of the items will be applied as a credit to our account. You will get a receipt for your donation on the spot.

We have supplied over $50,000 in gear to Chicago kids through our partnership with Play It Again Sports!

Items that can Be donated for Sports Shed credit:
  • Hockey sticks
  • Hockey protection gear
  • Hockey and figure skates
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Lacrosse protection gear
  • Golf clubs and shoes – within last 8 years
  • Other used gear (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.)

Play It Again Sports


Evanston Naperville Northbrook 

Palatine – Oak Lawn – Schaumburg

Villa Park

Sports Equipment Gift Drive

Help fill a specific need for a sport you love! Select from the choices below to purchase a gift for a child in need. Donate today… kids play tomorrow!

* To host an equipment gift drive in your office club or organization contact Sherry Arthur.


Personal Info

Donation Total: $30.00


Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

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