About Us


The Chicago Lions Charitable Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established on July 27th, 2011. The CLCA is a separate legal entity than Chicago Lions Rugby with its own board of directors, separate financial requirements and segregated funds.


As the CLCA promotes a love for rugby among its youth served, it hopes to foster and promote amateur rugby sports competition more broadly among the general populations. Through this multi-generational charitable approach, the CLCA can promote healthy physical activities in a competitive environment, thereby producing better citizens in Chicago and beyond.

The CLCA will promote:

  • Charitable programs for Chicago’s inner city youth – one example is Chicago Lions Rugby’s relationship with Chicago Hope Academy.
  • Additional charitable programs – Chicago Lions Rugby has worked to develop other youth rugby programs in Chicago’s city and suburbs, including Illinois Youth Rugby, a 501(c)(3) umbrella program formed and managed by Lions alumni and multiple school and park district club programs in the Chicago area.
  • Rugby through competitive amateur sports competition – Support amateur rugby more expansively through amateur competitive sports competition at the national and even the international level through Chicago Lions Rugby.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Simon, Michael Palmer, George Plackmann, Anthony Rio, Elliot Hershik, and James Kearney.

Donations can be sent to:
Chicago Lions Charitable Association
P.O. Box 532
Northbrook, IL 60065

IRS Determination Letter

If you need the CLCA’s IRS Determination letter, please get in touch.

About the CLCA

The Chicago Lions Charitable Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2011 through the efforts of several members of Chicago Lions Rugby.

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