Who Gets the Gear?

The Sports Shed serves schools and non-profits in under resourced areas, mainly in the city of Chicago, who struggle to run athletic programs due to lack of funding. We are partnered with over 230 athletic programs. Youth sports are declining in urban areas because of the high cost of gear and disparity of resources. We develop long term partnerships with programs so we can continually increase and improve athletic opportunities for thousands of kids who need a chance to compete.

Chicago Schools

Academy of Scholastic Achievement

Acero Charter Network
of Schools (15 campuses)
– Archer Heights (3 campuses)
– Avondale
– Brighton Park (3 campuses)
– Gage Park (3 campuses)
– Galewood
– Humboldt Park
– Little Village
– Pilsen
– Rodgers Park

Al Raby High School

Amandla Charter
High School

Ariel Community School

Association House
High School

Chicago Bulls
College Prep

Chicago Hope
Academy High School

Chicago Tech Academy

Christ the King Jesuit
College Prep

CICS Basil Charter Elementary

Corliss High School

Corliss STEM High School

Curie High School

DePaul College Prep

Dodge Academy Elementary

DRW College Prep

Dyett High School

Farragut Career Academy
High School

Frassati Catholic Academy

Frazier Prep High School

Gary Comer College Prep
High School

Gary Comer Middle School

Hales Franciscan

Harper High School

Holy Trinity High School

Hope Institute
Learning Academy

Horace Mann Elementary

Horace Mann High School

Horace Mann School

Immaculate Conception

Instituto Health and Sciences Career Academy

Intrinsic High School

Johnson College Prep

Kenwood Academy High School

Legal Prep Charter Academy

Leo High School

Lindblom Math and
Science Academy

Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary School

Martha M. Ruggles
Elementary School

Mary E. Courtenay Language Arts Center

Mary Lyon Elementary School

Mather High School

Morgan Park High School

Morton School of Excellence

Muchin College Prep
High School

Next Level Kids Program

Noble Academy

Noble Street College Prep
High School

Our Lady of Tepeyac Elementary

Our Lady of Tepeyac
High School

Paul Revere Elementary School

Perspectives Charter –
High School of Technology

Perspectives Charter – ITT Math and Science Academy

Perspectives Charter – Leadership Academy

Perspectives Charter –
Middle Academy

Perspectives Charter – Rodney D. Joslin Campus

Phillip Murray Elementary/Middle

Plato Learning Center

Richard T. Crane Medical Prep High School

Ruggles Elementary

Sacred Heart School 96

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy High School

Saucedo Scholastic Academy

Sealy Elementary

Shields Elementary

South Shore International College Prep

St. Bruno School

St. Helen Catholic School

St. Mathias School

St. Micheal the Archangel

St. Pius V School

St. William School

Tarkington School of Excellence

Theodore Roosevelt
High School

Thornton High School

UIC College Prep


1 World Sports

360 Sports Academy

A Ray of Hope on Earth

Back 2 the Basics

Beyond Athletics

Black Yankees

Born Legendz Basketball

Bronzeville Venom

Brainerd Park Bengals

Calumet Chargers

Cameo Legends Baseball

Chicago Hitters

Chicago Go Getters

Chicago Lions Rugby

Dixmoor Vikings Football

Dream Chasers Basketball

Ernie Radcliffe Baseball League

Ford Heights Baseball

Greater Good Foundation

Harvey Little League

Humboldt Park Little League
Fast-­pitch Softball

I Will I Can Ice Program

Jeffery Manor AAU

KAOS Foundation
(5 programs)
– Football
– Baseball
– Basketball
– Track
– Cheer

Lady Reign/Fusion Basketball

Lawndale Investments Basketball

Leading Lady Basketball

Lil Dawgs Basketball

Lil Dawgs Football

Lindblom Park District

Lost Boyz – Girls Fast-­pitch Softball

Lost Boyz Baseball

Near North Raiders

Near West Little League

Near West Side CDC

New Beginnings Camp

Pink Lady Ballers Basketball

Progressive Trojans Football

RA Black Elementary

Riverdale Jaguars (Riverdale Foundation)

Roberto Clement Little League
of Humboldt Park

Roseland Vols

Rosemoor Little League

Rosenbloom Park District

Starting With Me

The Dream

Tomlisen Youth & Athletic Foundation

We Can We Will

West Lawn Little League

Westside Baseball

XS Tennis


Altgeld Park

America Scores Chicago

Anointed Scholars

Ark of St. Sabina

Austin Community Center

Austin Community
Family Center

Because I Care

Beyond The Ball

Boys and Girls Clubs
of Chicago (4 locations)
– Little Village
– Logan Square
– Louis L. Valentine
– Martin Luther King Dr. Jr.

By The Hand Club
for Kids (4 locations)
– Altgeld-­Murray
– Austin
– Englewood
– Cabrini Green

Cabrini Connections

Champs Mentoring

Chicago Dream Center

Chicago Hopes
For Kids (5 locations)
– Cornerstone
Community Outreach
– House of Good Shepherd
– Lena Washington
– Madonna House
– Roseland Christian Ministries

Chicago Training Center

Chicago Youth Centers

Chicago Youth Centers – Fellowship House

Crusher Club

Faithful Few

Four Point Play

Girls in The Game

Hamdard Center

INTRSCT Ministries

Jane Adams Hull House

Kids Off the Block

Knowing Your Worth

Living Hope Church

Love to Serve/Tuley Park

Lydia Home

Men in Action

Mercy Home For Boys

Paving the Way


Ring of Hope

Safe Alternatives
for Teens and Youth

Skills and Score

St Martin De Porres Church

Sunshine Gospel Ministries

The Ace Project

The Support Group

U.N.I.O.N. Impact

Youth Outreach Services


Adopt-­a Family Program

AJK Katzenmaier School

Arden Shores

Beyond Sports

Boys and Girls Club of
Lake County – North Chicago

Boys and Girls Club of
Lake County – Waukegan

Calumet City Wildcats

Cristo Rey St. Martin
College Prep

Eternal Light of Maywood

Fellowship Housing

Arden Shore Child
and Family Services

Foss Park District – North Chicago Foundation
Skate Ministry

Isglasia Bautista
Emanual – Waukegan

JAMS Sports
Program – Waukegan

Lambs Farm

Larkin Center

Learn Charter School
Campus 6

Frassati Elementary

Heart of the City Soccer

Maryville Academy

Joliet Celtics

Maywood Park District

McCall Elementary

Learn Charter 10 Elementary

My Joyful Heart

Neal Math and Science Academy

North Chicago Baseball Camp

North Chicago
Community Partners

My Father’s Business

North Chicago High School

Omni Youth Services

Passion Outreach


Zion Alternative Program

Orchar Village Special Olympics

Waukegan Middle Schools
– Daniel Webster
– Jack Benny
– Miguel Juarez
– Robert Abbott
– Thomas Jefferson

Dr. Earl J. Leonard
High School – Ruskin, FL

Impact Ministries
– Evansville, IN

Sport Wayne – Fort Wayne, IN

Army of the Kind – Haiti

Gear 4 Goals

H. E. D. A. C. – Honduras

Juna Amagara – Uganda

Kids Alive International/
Christ the King

Baseball Academy –
Dominican Republic

Project Winter Camp Jamaica

Soccer for Zambia

Warm Blankets – Camodia

Willow Creek Global Partners


Sarah E. Goode STEM High School opened in 2012 on the South-side of Chicago with basketball and baseball as the only sports offered. The Sports Shed started working with their part-time Athletic Director in April 2013 to help launch a football program by fall with a $3,000 athletic budget. They had a field but no equipment. Football helmets alone would cost nearly $10,000! The Sports Shed found partners like Sports 11 in Libertyville and Rust-Oleum Corporation to provide the equipment needed including new Riddell football helmets!

Equipment was delivered in time for July practice and allowed the team to compete in the Fall 2013 season. Three years later, with continued help from The Sports Shed, the school has hundreds of student athletes and 26 girls and boys teams. The sports offered are soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, swimming, basketball, wrestling, track/cross country, and cheer. The football program has expanded to three levels: Freshman, JV and Varsity!

“Thanks to The Sports Shed for all the baseball equipment. Without it, our school wouldn’t have had a team this season.”

—Ron Fugger, Baseball Coach
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy

Tina Sernett

Founder and Executive Director, The Sports Shed

Inspired by my passion for sports

Tina Sernet founded The Sports Shed in 2009. Since then, they have distributed over $2 million worth of quality gear to over 230 schools and athletic programs mainly in Chicago. Helping schools start new sports programs, increase participation and elevate their level of play is the top priority!

The Sports Shed has launched football teams, provided access to tennis instruction, started softball programs, and supplied gear to countless soccer, basketball, volleyball and baseball leagues. Tina’s passion for sports and equipment started early as her dad spent countless hours engaging her in playing softball , basketball, tennis and more. She was always intrigued by the latest athletic gear, her first job was in a tennis shop and later became a buyer for Athlete’s Foot stores, and continued to work in the industry for many years.

When Tina became a mother of 2 student athletes in the suburbs of Chicago, she recognized the over abundance of resources for youth sports that skyrocketed. In affluent communities, parents and schools afforded kids with the latest and greatest equipment and facilities in hopes to ensure ultimate success. With a heart for low-income urban areas of Chicago, she decided to research the disparity of athletic opportunities / resources and found that there is an enormous gap! Literally tens of thousands of kids have little to no access to play or compete. Hundreds of Chicago schools have extremely limited funding, facilities or space needed to provide athletics and physical education.

With conviction, compassion and the love of Christ in her heart, Tina has spent the last decade bridging this equity gap. Her own experience of benefiting from sports gave her the motivation get it started. The difference it makes in the lives of the youth that benefit, drives The Sports Shed team to continually create athletic opportunities that give inner-city kids alternatives to the negative influences like gangs and violence in Chicago’s vast areas of poverty. The goal is to continue building this impactful organization that will keep finding viable solutions by leveraging resources to gear up thousands of kids for a better future!

Our Staff

Tina Sernett

Founder and Executive Director, The Sports Shed

Sherry Arthur

Director of Development

Ty Young

Program Director

Jerry Graybosch


Board of Directors


Executive Director
The Sports Shed


Former President and COO
Rust-Oleum Corporation


Director Internal Audit
W.W. Grainger


Senior Tax Manager
Mowery & Schoenfeld


Wealth Advisor


Business Development Manager
Arco Murray


Athletic Director
Gary Comer College Prep,
Lady Reign Basketball


Vice President of Talent & Acquisition
Coyote Logistics

Ambassador Board

Jesse Arnold Co-Chair, Events Committee

Taylor Beairsto

Beth Brichetto

Alec Brown

Jordyn Comitor President

Kathleen Cook

Aubrey Coquillard

Sami Freibrun

Jenny Graham

Alex Gutierrez

Sarah Gutierrez

Taylor Henning Co-Chair, Events Committee

Mitchell Johnson

Justine Johnson

Steph Koontz

Nick Korhumel

Mac Levin

Molly Madden Events Committee

Samantha Meccia

Molly Moon New Member Recruitment Committee

Brooke Overgard Events Committee

Brian Owens New Member Recruitment Committee

Paige Powell Chair, New Member Recruitment Committee

David Quinn Chair, Member Onboarding & Education Committee

Patrick Quinn Events Committee

Chrystal Ragasa

Tara Rooney

Caitlin Sernett Member Onboarding & Education Committee

Sue Sernett

Jessica Simkins Member Onboarding & Education Committee

Liz Skokna Events Committee

Chris Valvassori Vice-President

Lisa VanHouten

Cecilia Wolf

The Sports Shed’s Response to COVID-19

200 boxes of food

transported to food pantries for local families

700 masks

distributed to partner organizations and homeless shelters

Sports Equipment

700 pieces for virtual coaching and at-home training


with other youth sports organizations to determine safest ways to get kids back in the game

Dear Friends, Supporters and Partners,

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 working with our partner organizations to meet the immediate and changing needs in the community while 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. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest updates of what we’re doing.  

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

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