The HandsOnSports Foundation started in 2009 with an aim to assist Recreation Departments, the Salvation Army, schools and soccer organizations to reach underserved and at-risk youth providing futsal ‘street soccer’ play spaces, equipment and programming across the Ohio region.
In 2016 we expanded our mission to provide medical supplies to those most in need. We began with Proyecto Talamanca where we packed and shipped over $350,000 with of medical supplies on a cargo ship to distribute to and serve the 3 indigenous tribes residing in the Talamancan jungle reserve of Costa Rica.
Since then we shipped 9 pallets totaling more than $200,000 in value to relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the hurricane in 2017. Additionally, we have provided supplies to the farmers in Nebraska for the Mississippi flood relief effort in 2018.
To further our relationship with the Henry Schein Cares organization we began searching for those organizations in need right here in Ohio and developed a working relationship with the OAFC (Ohio Association of Free Clinics).
We now serve more than 40 clinics of all sorts including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, veterans’ services, youth medical and dental clinics, and offer the supplies to all clinics in Ohio who find the supplies valuable to the constituents that they serve.
Our goal has been lofty for our medical distribution program in 2023. We have recently invested in racking and warehouse space to sort, store and distribute more than $1,100,000 worth of medical supplies in the past year. We continue to work with the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, Central American Medical Outreach, Medwish and the Nord Foundation and we also have partnered with Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the Ukrainian Church and the Halo Foundation amongst others to expand our reach and give access to these supplies to organizations well beyond the borders of our state. The grant of medical and dental supplies from the Henry Schein Cares corporation has continued to keep our free clinics and those who rely on their services in stock throughout the year.