What Is ZogSports?
How long has ZogSports been around?
ZogSports is a co-ed social sports league that promotes charity and social action amongst young professionals in the Twin Cities. We organize sports leagues, trips, social events and volunteer opportunities for people in their 20’s and 30’s. We're starting with Touch Football and Volleyball and will expand our activities over time to many other sports. In New York, ZogSports offers Touch Football, Outdoor and Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Kickball, Softball, Dodgeball, Wiffle® Ball, Floor Hockey and Basketball.
Through ZogSports’ athletic, social and social action opportunities, we encourage Young Professionals to maintain perspective and a more balanced lifestyle by having fun while also giving something back to the community.
Robert Herzog conceived ZogSports in 2002 inspired after his close call on 9/11. He identified a need amongst New York’s young professionals for better organized sports and social interaction outside of the work place. ZogSports kicked off with a 26 team football league the spring season 2002.
What does “charity focused” mean?
What is Play For Your Cause?
Part of ZogSports’ goal was to build on the tremendous human charity Robert witnessed post 9/11. He decided that while offering young professionals a social and athletic outlet, he had the opportunity to create awareness amongst participants. This is achieved by the following ways:
- Every ZogSports team selects a charity to play for at the beginning of the season. The top two teams in each division receive a charitable donation made to their selected charity, as do teams that win other awards such as Best Team Name, Team Spirit, Sportsmanship and Best Drinking Team. ZogSports donates a percentage of our league profits and 100% of the sponsorship donations from our happy hour bars to winning teams’ charities of choice.
- We hope that teams discuss what causes are important to them to help create awareness of the countless worthy causes out there. We also post charities chosen on the standings and encourage teams to mention their charity of choice during the coin toss.
- We also provide a place for local charities to reach out to our participants by sending out monthly philanthropy emails and posting on our website our philanthropy efforts, partner charity volunteer opportunities and other ways Zoggers can get involved. If you know a charity that would like to partner with ZogSports, have them email email@example.com.
Play For Your Cause is ZogSports’ non-profit sister company. ZogSports and our partner bars donate money to Play For Your Cause which then disseminates the donations to all the different charities chosen by winning teams. Play For Your Cause makes donations to hundreds of different charities each year.
How does ZogSports give back to the community?
How does ZogSports donate money to charity?
ZogSports’ goal is to be a responsible member of the local community. We encourage teams to figure out which causes are important to them, but we know that recreational sports facilities are an invaluable asset in the city to adults and children. We try to go above and beyond as renters of space by reaching out to the communities to see how we can be helpful.
ZogSports donates 10% of our league profits and 100% of the sponsor bar donations to our non-profit sister company Play For Your Cause which then disseminates the donations hundreds of different charities chosen by winning teams.
How much money does Play For Your Cause donate?
Is a portion of my league fee tax deductible?
Play For Your Cause has donated just over $1,200,000 since 2002. Individual donations range from $100 to $700. We try to spread the love around by making more donations to more charities rather than larger donations to fewer charities.
League fees are paid to ZogSports which is a for profit company; therefore, league fees are not tax deductible. For more information about how ZogSports makes donations, see Play For Your Cause above.
How can I get more information?
Why doesn’t ZogSports have a phone number posted on the website?
To learn more about our current leagues and activities, sign-up for our newsletter or contact the League Manager. Click Contact Us at the top of the page.
I have a question about . . . Who do I contact?
Due to the overwhelming number of participants in our leagues, we conduct all league communication through email. Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or your appropriate League Manager via email if you have any questions.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the ZogSportsTC General Manager, Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is Zogsports?
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For registration questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have leagues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Northern New Jersey, Washington DC, Atlanta, the Twin Cities, and Hartford, CT. We will be launching more cities soon! If you live in another city, sign up for our newsletter to find out when we are coming to your town.