Live to Support (LTS) Chicago was co-founded in the summer of 2010 by Mark Biery and Chris DuCharme. It was Biery’s belief that instead of creating a recreational sports league where members receive a t-shirt or medal for participation, they could use the registration fees as a way of giving back to local charities. LTS has several sports leagues including kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and flag football. In addition, LTS also coordinates tournaments and sports-related social events. The company believes a core network of young professionals provides an ideal platform to support Chicago charities through monetary donations and awareness.
When you register a team to be a part of one of LTS’ many leagues or events, you have the option of choosing from a drop down list of charities, or you may choose a charity of your choice if it’s not already listed. The percentage that the charities receive differs with every league or tournament depending on the size, but is always specified on the website at registration. The amount can vary anywhere between 5%-100%. LTS Chicago normally donates 7% of each team’s registration fee, and if your team wins the league/tournament, LTS Chicago will donate a minimum of $250 to the charity of your choice.
LTS hosts its leagues and events at various facilities and fields located in Lakeview, Logan Square, and Old Town as outlined on their website, here. Since its inception, LTS Chicago has helped raise over $83,000 for various charity organizations! A list of charities that LTS Chicago supports can be found here. Registration for upcoming 2013 spring leagues is now open, with start dates beginning at the end of March.
Don’t have time in your busy schedule to join a league, but still want to support LTS Chicago’s vision? Not a problem—make a direct donation to the organization!