September 2014 - The Rec2connect Foundation was established as a non-profit, 501c 3 entity. 

January 2015 -  First Board meeting was held and the planning began for our future programming!

October 2015 - 31 Fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 at TGI Fridays in Brooklyn

November 2015 - Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser at Barley House from 6:00-9:00

May 2016 - First round of scholarships awarded for 5 individuals to participate in area camp programs and 4 individuals to attend aquatic therapy sessions, totaling $3150.00
August 2016 - Second round of scholarships awarded for 1 individual to participate in Dancing Wheels

September 2016 - We hosted 120 people to attend an Indians game.   25 people attended on field batting practice and 10 people enjoyed the game from the FOX Suite.   

November 2016 - Second Annual Celebrity Bartending Event at the Barley House

December 2016 - Chick fil a Spirit Day to benefit the Rec2connect Foundation.  

December 2016 - We were chosen by Wayside Furniture to give 12 tickets to their Suite to the Browns game on December 24th to 2 families, including 14 people. 

February 2017- Hosted 100 families to a pool and pizza party at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park.

April 2017 - Free ATA Martial Arts Event for individuals were able to trial a 1 hour martial arts class

May 2017 - 214 people attended the Cleveland Indians game, 39 people were able to view game from the suite level, donated by the Indians and FOX sports

May 2017 - First Quarter Scholarships were awarded to 7 families totaling $2338.00

June 2017 - 6 families awarded $1446 in scholarships

August 2017 -  3 families awarded $804

November 2017 - 3rd Annual Celebrity Bartending Event at the Barley House 

February 2018 - 132 indviduals joined us for a Pool and Pizza Party at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park

March 2018 - 9 families awarded $5205 in scholarships
March 2018 - 13 Families participated in a try in class at Beyond Words Music and Dance Center. The children explored music through dance, movement and instruments! 

April 2018 - Hosted a showing at Playhouse Square of Sensory Friendly performance of "Guess How Much I Love You" and "I Love My Little Story Book"

May 2018 -  54 families enjoyed Rec2Connect Family Day at Progressive Field when the Cleveland Indians played the Houston Astros.
June 2018 - Try It event with Rec2Connect. Participants explored aquatic therapy, adapted aquatics, a Parent & Me Swim Class, aquatic exercise and swim team.
July 2018 - Family pool party at Hinckley Reservation
August 2018 - 226 people enjoy Rubber Ducks Family Day at the ball park

October 2018 - Try It Saturday at The Foundry in downtown Cleveland

November 2018 - annual celebrity bartender fundraiser at The Barley House

We began The Rec2connect Foundation to assist individuals with special needs in enhancing their recreation potential and experiences in life.  In working with children, adults and families with special needs, we recognize the financial challenges and strive to assist in providing recreation experiences for individuals with special needs, while limiting the cost.  We also recognize a need for family community events, where families can unite to engage in recreation activities together.   We are honored to provide scholarship opportunities and family recreation activities to assist families in expanding their recreation repertoire, memories, and experiences together.   


Thank you for the support that’s made it all possible!


Mrs Jen Knott

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