Mission Statement

Kickoff for Kids is a non-profit organization working to enrich the lives of all children in Elmhurst and surrounding communities through family-centered programs focusing on Community, Education and Health & Fitness.

A Note From Co-Founder and Chairman Mike LaSpisa

“We live in a great town. I am personally blessed with healthy children. I feel that it’s my social responsibility to give back to kids and to the community. It’s important to share your blessings. And, it’s also important to set a good example for the next generation. With my own kids, I want them to know that they can make a difference in their neighborhood and in their community.

I’d been involved in charity work for many years, but over ten years ago, a friend, Bill Paschen and I had the idea to start our own charity. We wanted to grow a grass-roots organization that really targeted local needs. We wanted to be able to fund some of the creative, unique ideas we were hearing about around town and help bring those visions to reality. We started Kickoff for Kids as a way to fund and support good local ideas and groups that might not otherwise get the attention.

Our goal is always community-building, but our driver is always fun.  It’s the mix of fun and passion that keeps us moving forward and affecting positive change for the world right in our own backyards.”


Board of Directors

Mike LaSpisa, Chairman
Lance Walker
Steve Taeyaerts
Jon Schroeder