The Sports Shed provides equipment and gear to any 501(C)3 organization in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs that meets our qualification process. A qualifying program must be a non profit with little to no budget for athletic programs and a history of serving kids in under resourced communities. Here’s how we work:

1. Meet with Us

The Sports Shed will meet with the organization in need. We gather information on the organization, children served, program viability, and confirm the 501(c)3 status. Contact us to get started.

2. Complete a Wish List

Once approved the organization can submit a completed wish list of needed items. Download the wish list here. Completed wishlists can be emailed to

3. Gear Determination

The Sports Shed will document the equipment/gear we can provide from the shed with an estimated value. A 10% administrative fee on the value of the equipment will be assessed.

4. Delivery/Pick Up

Arrangements will be made for delivery or pick up of the equipment, when administration fee is confirmed.

5. Evaluation

An evaluation form will be completed by the recipient organization and returned to The Sports Shed. Letters and pictures of the kids in the program are highly encouraged.

There may be items on your wish list that we do not currently have in our shed but have access to at below wholesale pricing through value added partners such as Champro or Augusta. Please click the links to see their inventory.

Scholarships for administrative fees are available and limited.
Sponsorships for non Sports Shed inventory items are available on a case by case basis.


Our goal is to provide quality gear that makes kids feel valued and gives them the best possible chance at a successful athletic experience.

New Equipment

Items that are either new or barely used that the Sports Shed can put to the best use!

  • 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 Racquets - purchased with-in the last 8-10 years
  • Athletic equipment bags (make sure all zippers work and no holes or tears)

Contact us directly to donate new sports equipment, apparel/uniforms, or athletic footwear. We will make arrangements for delivery to one of our 2 warehouses in Vernon Hills or Chicago.

If a Sports Shed pick up is required a minimum $50 donation is needed to cover transportation costs. Click here to donate.

Used Equipment

Items in great condition that we can trade out at Play it Again Sports for Sports Shed store credit.

  • Hockey sticks
  • Hockey protection gear
  • Hockey and figure skates
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Lacrosse protection gear
  • Golf clubs and shoes - within last 8 years

We have a partnership with 7 Chicago area Play It Again Sports locations. Donate your used gear to us by taking it to one of the stores listed below.

Please be sure to tell them you are there to donate to Sports Shed and the value of the items will be applied as a credit to The Sports Shed’s account. You will get a receipt for your donation on the spot and it allows us to get the gear we need!


The Sports Shed has collection bins at the following locations.

Sports 11 - Libertyville

838 South Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048

Vernon Hills Park District

635 N Aspen Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Fred's Pro Shop - Vernon Hills

935 Lakeview Pkwy, Suite 111
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Slammers - Lake Forest

28427 N. Ballard Dr.
Lake Forest, IL 60048

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