Lindsay’s Voice was created in celebration of the life of Lindsay (Wenzel) Lopez, a 32 year old wife and mother, who lost her 14-month battle against Leukemia on November 22, 2010. In her memory the organization has found ways to raise funds to help support local patient services and research for anyone who is fighting blood cancers. One of their main events is Tree’s Of Hope held every year in November. This event raises money to benefit the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society of SE Wisconsin, the Blood Center of WI, and Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program). To raise money sponsors donate decorated Christmas Trees to the event that are then silent auctioned off to the guests and public.
Athletes On The Move has been apart of the Trees Of Hope event from the beginning. They are going on four years now. Each year AOTM has helped with planning and sponsoring Christmas Trees and Tables for the dinner and reception event. For additional information on Lindsay's Voice and their cause visit the website at TreesOfHopeWI.org.
FOUNDATION TO BE NAMED LATER
Foundation To Be Named Later was launched in Spring 2005 by twin brothers Paul & Theo Epstein. Their mission is to improve the world through education, leadership and the healthy development of youth and families. The Foundation To Be Named Later raises awareness and funds for non-profit agencies who serve disadvantaged youth in the Greater Boston and Chicago Areas. By investing in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families they help create better lives for children and even send young people with great potential to colleges.
Athletes On The Move started working with The Foundation To Be Named Later in 2011. AOTM has helped sponsor the Hot Stove Cool Music Series in both Boston and Chicago. This event was founded by Peter Gammons to help raise awareness for the Foundation’s mission and to share the inspiring impact of the Foundation’s non-profit partners. To find out more information on The Foundation To Be Named later visit their website at FoundationToBeNamedLater.org.
HELP CURE HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE
MLB Relief Pitcher Joe Smith's mother, Lee Smith, is in her 50's. She was diagnosed with HD in February 2012. Prior to beginning in 2012, the family saw symptoms of nervousness, coughing spasms, mind racing and deteriorating motor skills, making it harder for her to speak and move smoothly. Her symptoms continued to progress since her diagnosis. This was a very difficult and sobering experience for the family, as they had watched their grandma experience similar symptoms caused by HD. Joe Smith and his wife CBS Sports Reporter Allie LaForce created Help Cure Huntington's Disease (HD), to raise money for The Cleveland Clinic for further studies in Deep Brain Stimulation research to cure Huntington's Disease.
Huntington's Disease is a genetic degenerative disorder that causes physical and emotional or behavioral disabilities. Symptoms usually show around 45 years of age and include involuntary movements or problems with memory and judgement. Joe and his sister have a 50/50 chance of getting HD later on in their lives.
David Eyrise with Athlete's On The Move is a personal friend with the Smith family and greatly support their cause in helping cure Huntington's Disease.
Below is a video of Joe Smith's mother, Lee Smith, describing living with Huntington's Disease. To learn more about this cause and the Smith's family battle with Huntington's Disease visit HelpCureHD.com.
SPORTS LEGACY INSTITUTE
The Sports Legacy Institute is a Boston based non-profit organization founded by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu in 2007. Chris Nowinski, a professional WWE wrestler met Dr. Cantu in 2003 after experiencing severe post-concussion syndrome. Dr. Cantu, a world renowned concussion expert, transformed everything Chris thought he know about concussions. Chris was never taught the signs and symptoms of a concussion, nor the values of resting after a concussion and the long-term effects. Chris brought the information Dr. Cantu provided into the public eye, and set a goal to change how concussions were understood and handled in sports. Today SLI is dedicated to ‘solving the concussion crisis’ by advancing the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
Athletes On The Move joined teams with Sports Legacy Institute this year. AOTM attended the Chicago Concussion Coalition Dinner Honoring Jim McMahon in June. For further information on The Sports Legacy Institute and post-concussion syndrome visit their website at SportsLegacy.org.
RAY ALLEN SELECTS
Ray Allen Selects is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by Tom LaChance, Tony Smith and Mike Nau. RAS aims to influence the lives of athletes on many levels by providing positive role models, teaching basketball fundamentals and team concepts. The elite players of RAS are exposed to a national audience. RAS also works with young athletes by prepping for collegiate athletics on the court and life beyond college off the court.
At this time Ray Allen Selects is focusing on being more than a basic Amateur Athletic Union. RAS is committing to players by providing premier player development and coaching in a full basketball experience. By challenging players in the classroom, community at home and in their personal lives RAS is preparing basketball players with opportunities to showcase their talent on a national platform.
Athletes On The Move started working with Ray Allen Selects in 2010. Through the years AOTM has provided sponsorship for community events and is actively fundraising for RAS. To learn more about Ray Allen Selects visit their website at RASMilwaukee.org.