MANALAPAN, NJ – JAR of Hope is embarking on a new partnership with Steiner Sports, the world’s leading producer of authentic hand-signed collectibles and sports experiences. Steiner Sports holds relationships with over 2,000 athletes, and works with well-known corporations to help raise their profiles, and with select charities to help raise funds.
“We’re particularly thrilled to partner with JAR of Hope,” says Brandon Steiner, CEO of New Rochelle, NY-based Steiner Sports, “because we represent professional athletes – who have use of their muscles – and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a muscle-wasting disease. We’re actively encouraging our stable of athletes to participate in this very worthy cause.”
JAR of Hope was founded by Jim and Karen Raffone of Manalapan in September 2013, after their then-four-year-old son James Anthony (“Jamesy”) was diagnosed with Duchenne. Jamesy has a mutation of Duchenne affecting only 120 children – all boys – in the U.S. There is no cure. And until one is found, these boys will be in wheelchairs by their early teens. And in graves by their early 20s.
“We’re proud to be affiliated with Steiner Sports,” Jim Raffone says. “And we think it’s great that an organization representing thousands of famous athletes will be helping little boys who just want to live normal lives.”
Steiner Sports has a charitable division that partners annually with over 300 non-profit organizations, providing sports memorabilia, personal experiences, and customized products for charity auctions and events.
“Meeting little Jamesy was a pure joy,” Brandon Steiner says. “He really captured our hearts, and we’re excited about the opportunity to help. For us, this will be a labor of love.”