What You'll Get
Sports only started to gain mass appeal in the 20th century, when they replaced our old national pastime—collecting pathogenic bacteria in our intestines. Get in the game with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $35 for coed touch-football registration for an individual (a $70 value)
- $335 for coed touch-football registration for a team of up to 15 people (a $675 value)
Touch-football games pit teams against one another in eight-on-eight competition with five men and three women on the field at all times. The season includes a scrimmage, seven games, and a single-elimination playoff tournament. Games begin September 23 and take place from noon until 2 p.m. on Sundays. Afterward, teams head off to happy hours at local bars.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Robert Herzog dropped off his laundry, picked up his mail, and took the local C train to work instead of the express A train. When he arrived for work at the north World Trade Center tower that morning, nearly 300 of his coworkers were dead. Stunned by his inexplicable escape from death, Herzog battled through his trauma by focusing on the good things in his life. Earlier that year, he met his wife-to-be playing coed softball. He had enjoyed the league but felt he could do better. Tempered by the sense of charity and community that was so ubiquitous after September 11, he opened ZogSports—a sports league that donates 10% of its profits to charity—in 2002.
Since then, leagues have spread from New York and the northeast out to Atlanta and the Twin Cities. Casual competitors in their 20s and 30s team up in touch-football leagues and indoor-volleyball leagues, making new friends on the field, at postgame happy hours, and at preseason press conferences.
When teams sign up for ZogSports's leagues, they choose a charity to represent. From there, teams compete to win the league championship, come up with the funniest team name, or order the most drinks at the bar after the game, all of which earn them money for their charity of choice. To date, the company has donated more than $1.5 million to various charities.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Online registration required. Must be 21 or older. Must sign waiver. New members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.