Owner: Robert Herzog
Business Address: 19 W. 36th Street, New York, New York 10018
Type of Business: Charity-oriented co-ed, social, adult sports leagues
Hours of Operation: Our office is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but we offer leagues that run weeknights as well as on weekends.
Phone: (201) 5005-ZOG or (201) 500-5964
Founding/Opening Date: Spring 2002
Q: How long did it take to go from idea to opening your business? Less than a year.
Q: Why did you start your business locally? ZogSports started in Manhattan as a way of bringing people together to have fun. It was so successful that people in the surrounding areas were asking me to expand into Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. As more and more people learned about what we do the love spread and we are now in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco!
Q: What do you find the most rewarding about what you do? Bringing people together and giving back to the charities they are playing for. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a blossoming friendship or relationship that I helped create.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you face in your business today? Definitely getting the word out about what we do to locally based companies. To date we have relied on word of mouth to help spread the word, but while that works great for getting your friends to play, it hasn’t translated to the corporate work place just yet. The companies that are playing with us currently have mentioned that they have seen a boost to office moral and that there are no longer barriers between divisions that existed in the past.
Q: When people think of your business, what sets you apart from others? Through ZogSportsNJ’s athletic, social and social action opportunities, we encourage Young Professionals to maintain perspective and a more balanced lifestyle by having fun while also giving something back to the community. While there are other sports leagues out there, nobody is able to combine a great game experience with a great post game happy hour like we have been able to… plus 10% goes to charity!
Q: What name brands do you offer: We offer football, soccer, volleyball, softball, bowling, kickball, dodgeball and more. You name the sport we play it.
Q: Where would you like your business to be in five years? Continuing to bring people together and giving back to the community in new locations throughout New Jersey. In 5 years, we plan on being down the shore, Morristown, New Brunswick and all the way down to Philly and southern NJ.
Q: What local organizations do you belong to? We are a member of the SSIA – Sport & Social Industry Association
Q: Who is your competition? Our biggest competition is living in such a busy area with so much to do. Living in northern NJ our participants have so many ways to spend their time. For the young professionals who play in our leagues we recognize that they live busy lives and want to make it as easy as possible for them to get together with their existing friends and meet new ones.