Founder & Owner - Camp Director

Who is Kathy Chuckas?

Kathy is the founder of Girls in the Game (formerly A Sporting Chance Foundation).  When she founded A Sporting Chance Foundation in 1995, she took her passion for sports and her belief in helping girls have a voice and a safe place for sports and fitness and put it into action. Kathy took the initiative to create A Sporting Chance Foundation when advocating for girls and their rights was not a popular choice. Kathy decided after 7 years and the adoption of three children at the time, she wanted to focus on raising her kids.Kathy loves working with children of all different abilities and backgrounds and has the unique ability to bring out the best in each one of them.
Kathy has been a coach and a mentor for the past 30 plus years.

She has received numerous awards and public recognition for her work on behalf of youth, including the prestigious Mercedes Mentor of the Year Award, Sports Women of the Year Award, Non-Profit from the National Sporting Goods Association, and the LaRabida Heart Award to name a few. When Kathy founded A Sporting Chance Foundation (Girls in the Game) in 1995, it was  to provide and promote sports/fitness opportunities for girls, enhancing their physical well-being, self-esteem, leadership, team-building skills and academic excellence. There were only a few organizations in the nation devoted solely to promoting the advancement and growth of young girls, through their involvement and participation in athletics. Today Girls in the Game serves over 3,000 girls annually and is nationally recognized as a leader in the field. What started as one person believing we could do better, became a place of change for thousands of  girls throughout Chicago.

Kathy believes that anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and passion.

Kathy is the co-parent of four teenager/young adults ranging  from 15 to 23 years of age.  In her spare time, she coaches basketball, volunteers for her children’s schools, and is an amateur photographer.

Years at Camp: 18
School: Texas Christian University
Why I work at KPC: I have the BEST job in the world.  I have the opportunity to take what I experienced as a child and create summer memories for kids throughout the city.  I am blessed to have had this opportunity for the past 15 years and can not wait to see what the summer brings for our campers.

Phone: 847.323.1393 | E-mail:

Camp Consultant, Licensed Clinical Social Worker



KPC believes that as we come together as a group of diverse kids and staff, that it is important to understand how to work cooperatively and positively with each other.  

An important part of our team is our Clinical Social Work Consultant.

Beth Holzhauer, LCSW 

Consultant, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Years at Camp: 18
School: University of Wisconsin, Madison & University of Illinois, Chicago (MSW)
Work: Women Care Counseling Center

Director's Core Team

James Holzhauer-Chuckas

Associate Camp Director

Years at Camp: 18 (8 as camper, 10 as staff)
Work: St. Nicholas Church

Phone: 847.644.3797 | E-mail:

Max Guadarrama

Assistant Camp Director

Years at Camp: 5
Work: Urban Sitter

 Danny Del Real

Camp Medic

Years at Camp: 4
School: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing

 Marissa Kot

Co-Director of No Limits & Out of Bounds

Years at Camp: 2
Work: Teacher

Activity Specialists

Georgina Sagert

Senior Sports/Fitness Coach

Years at Camp: 6
Work: P.E. Teacher - Sacred Heart Schools

Eduardo Chavez

Sports/Fitness Coach

Years at Camp: 4
School: Northeastern Illinois University

Vanessa Crisostomo

Team Building Coach

Years at Camp: 3
School: Northeastern Illinois University










Pat Brunger

Kids in the Kitchen Extraordinaire

Years at Camp: 18
Favorite Activity:  Spending time with grandkids

Senior Counselors (K-5th Grades)

Kai Chuckas

Years at Camp: 6 (8 as a camper)
School: Mount Holyoke College
Why I work at KPC? I LOVE working at camp and seeing all the campers have FUN everyday.

Sidney Chuckas

Years at Camp: 5 (8 as a camper)
School: University of Southern California (USC)
Why I work at KPC? I want to spend my summer at camp and help create memories and fun times for the campers…just like I had when I was a kid.

Holly Desmond

Years at Camp: 4 (8 as a camper)
School: Evanston Township High School
Why I work at KPC? I love the excitement and creativity that each individual camper brings. Every year it's a new experience and it's great!

Violet O'Neil

Years at Camp: 5 (8 years as a camper)
School: Tulane University
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I love kids, and I had such a great experience spending all my summers at KPC as a kid and I want to give kids the same great memories of camp that I have and love!

Ethan Ross

Years at Camp: 5
School: Nazareth College
Why I work at KPC? I love being able to play with kids and watching them learn and grow. I want kids to be able to look up to me and see me as a role model.

Katie Jane (KJ) Torma

Years at Camp: 3
School: Loyola University
Why I work at KPC? (Coming Soon...)

Counselors (K-8th Grades)

Lukas Amstutz

Jennifer Aviles
Zach Beekman

Mirian Bloom

Sam Blustein

Steven Chuckas

Gia Clarke

Haley Cronin

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Kat Cudahy

Liza DeWhite

Aidan Dolan

Emmett Elward

Kieran Elward

Alex Garrett

Avery Geiger

Sam Harris-Watts

Kiet Jackson

Mackenzie Janes

Bella Kiely

Shael Murthy

Max Nauman

Mitchell Nauman

Charlie O'Neil

Sam Price

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Anders Pride

Audrey Pride

Aidan Ross

Ignacio Salas

Mariana Salas

Harry Soenksen

Ava Swan

Tian Valenzuela

Counselors-in-Training (C.I.T.)

**2018 Application Letters in Progress**