Paying It Forward
Owned and operated by the Elmhurst Park District, Courts Plus recognizes the importance of investing into the community it calls home! Membership dues and program fees pay for Courts Plus operating expenses, any additional revenue helps pay for new projects in the Park District. We truly are the community fitness center!
Beyond the use of our profits, Courts Plus recognizes the importance of investing in the community by partnering with local charities. We do this with the help of our generous members.
Courts Plus participates in several collection programs, including Toys for Tots, the AAUW Book Collection, the United Community Concerns Association, Yorkfield Food Pantry and Soles for Kids, which distributes shoes throughout the world to those in need.
The annual John Jevitz Turkey Tennis Tournament, held around Thanksgiving, collects food for the Yorkfield Food Pantry. During Thanksgiving we are a sponsor for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K, which raises money to combat hunger and poverty in DuPage County.
We're proud to host the Hit for the Hospital Charity Tennis Tournament, which benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Courts Plus has helped contribute to local student-led projects, such as Hygiene for Humanity, which provides travel size items for personal hygiene kits for the homeless.
The City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District partner with SCARCE for holiday lights recycling. Members and Courts Plus visitors are welcome to drop off their tangled, broken or burned out holiday lights to Courts Plus during that time. Look for more information during the fall months.
Current Projects and Events
Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot
We are proud sponsors of this annual 5K fun run on Thanksgiving Day! The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot raises money to feed the hungry.
To date, the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot has raised nearly $3.9 million dollars and takes care to keep all funds raised within the County of DuPage. The funds have provided nearly 4 million meals over the years and the event brings families and a community together on a day for giving thanks. The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is pleased to benefit numerous organizations including Dupage Pads, United Community Concerns Association, People’s Resource Center, West Suburban Community Pantry, Loaves & Fishes Community Services, and Catholic Charities – DuPage County.
Visit the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot website to register, $35 until 5 p.m. on November 17, 2018 and look for us on race day!
UCCA Food Drive
Courts Plus is hosting a food drive for the United Community Concerns Association, October 29-November 25, 2018. The UCCA strives to identify those in the Elmhurst community who are most vulnerable and provides food, resources, referrals and services to those families. Over 99% of all funds collected go to feed those in need in Elmhurst.
Drop off canned goods and other staples at Courts Plus. The most needed items include peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, canned fruits, canned meats and cereals.
Holiday Lights Recycling
Don't throw away your tangled, broken or burned out holiday lights this year; recycle them! The City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District are partnering with SCARCE for holiday lights recycling. Beginning Monday, November 12 look for the bins with the “Holiday Lights” stickers at these locations:
- Wager Community Center – 615 N. West Avenue
- Courts Plus – 186 S. West Avenue
- Elmhurst Park District Administrative Office – 375 W. First Street
- The Abbey – 407 W. St. Charles Road
- City Hall – 209 N. York Street
Items that will be accepted include Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, and LED lights in both working and non-working condition. Lighted lawn decorations or other holiday ornaments will not be accepted. The recycling programs runs through Friday, January 18, 2019.