The Ohio Machine is committed to supporting the game in Ohio through various fundraising initiatives, as we are a team of the state, supporting all three regions: north, south and central.
SuperSheen is a fundraising program for a community member with ties to lacrosse who is in need. The 2018 SuperSheen is Katy Grimm, a physical education teacher at Gahanna West Midde School. Former Machine attackman Logan Schuss introduced Katy to lacrosse. After tireless efforts, she secured grants for equipment for the school and began teaching the game to her students. Katy was diagnosed with NK/T-Cell Lymphoma in December 2017 and started chemotherapy right away. She’s well on her way to recovery after a bone marrow transplant, and the Machine are proud to support her in her fight! Last year’s SuperSheen, Leanna Ramirez, will be starting her junior year in high school and is doing well in remission after beating enpendymoma, a rare brain tumor. To donate to the SuperSheen program, click HERE and specify “SuperSheen” in the special instructions. To nominate someone as a SuperSheen, send an email with information about the person and contact information to Julia Hochberg at email@example.com.
The Ohio Machine partnered with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to raise funds and awareness by creating the Hops for Hunger End Zone at all home games. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food to half a million of its hungry neighbors each year by partnering with more than 650 community partners across central and eastern Ohio. Since 1980, the Foodbank has joined food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, produce markets and after-school programs to make food accessible to those in our communities who are hungry. One in six Ohioans do not know where their next meal is coming from, so strong community partnerships play a vital role in connecting nourishing food with hungry families. $1 from every beer sold in the Hops for Hunger End Zone goes back to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and fans are able to purchase discounted tickets all season long with $2 per ticket going to the cause as well. To donate to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank through the OMLF, click HERE and specify “Mid-Ohio Foodbank” in the special instructions.
The OMLF and the Ohio Machine work with the central Ohio chapter of US Lacrosse to foster growth and youth participation in the game. US Lacrosse and the Ohio Machine co-host clinics. US Lacrosse supports the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Convention as well as various events throughout the year.
The OMLF helps with fundraising for lacrosse events to support veterans through Shootout for Soldiers and other Ohio-based charities. Shootout for Soldiers is a 24-hour lacrosse event founded to support American veterans and foster community engagement. The Machine donated autographed helmets or jerseys and recognized a member of the military in a special presentation at all home games. There was also a special code created for the Machine game held on the same day as Shootout for Soldiers; for every ticket purchased using the code, a free ticket was donated for a veteran to use. Since 2015, Shootout for Soldiers Ohio has raised $140,000 through the participation of over 3,000 players. Shootout for Soldiers has raised more than $2.5 million nationwide since its inception in 2012. Learn more about Shootout for Soldiers HERE. To learn more about fundraising ticket options, please email Marcus Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OMLF has established a scholarship fund to support a graduating high school senior who wishes to further his/her education beyond high school. These students have excelled in their commitment to lacrosse, in their leadership, in their academic pursuits, and in their extracurricular activities at their respective educational institutions. The scholarship is based on character and overall achievements, not their success as a lacrosse player. See the Contribution Requests page for more information and an application.