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New Futsal Courts Open in Akron at Joy Park

July 6, 2019

With a celebration that included the current FIFA Futsal World Cup Champion coach from Argentina the HandsOnSports Foundation is proud to announce the opening of its newest futsal court conversion project in NE Ohio.

With the help of the Akron Rotary Club who provided a $7,000 grant, the contribution of Site Technology who did the court renovation at a highly dicsounted rate and the coopoeration of the City of Akron, the Lebron James Boys and Girls Club and all of the staff and employees of those organizations we were able to accomplish this project.

Other contributors like Mitre (futsal balls) Heart & Sole Futsal (t-shirts and coaching staff) and Rubber City Sports (provision of Goodyear Hall Gymnasium due to rain) helped make the event a great success. 

Children came from the local neighborhood and received shoes, shirts and balls so they could participate. Other players came from Euclid, Lakewood, Avon, Canton, Medina and even Columbus to take part in the grand opening of the new courts.

"It was a very special event for me," said Otto Orf who directs the HandsOnSports Foundation and headed up the project. "I was able to bring a World Cup Champion (Argentina's coach Diego Giustozzi) to Akron, Ohio. That alone is worth celebrating in my opinion but Diego is one of the best educators of futsal in the entire world and to have him spend time with our coaches and players is an invaluable experience for them all. I was fortunate to be in Colombia when he coached his team to the world title and he invited me into their team celebration with the World Cup. I am extremely proud to call him friend and I am so excited he was able to come and share his vision of the game with our community." 

Now we need to provide some support for the staff at Joy Park. The club has courts and goals and balls. All we need to do now is foster the game and get them out there to run around and play! These courts join the orginal court we constructed at Akron's lane Field and we plan to move to on to work with the city of Cuyahoga Falls to create another court later this year.Futsal Courts at Joy Park 1Diego Giustozzi coaching in AkronDiego coaching course at Goodyear HallOtto with Diego and World Cup 2016

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