Childhood illnesses and diseases are sometimes the most difficult to accept. When health complications place limitations on a child’s life there is a sense of fairness that is violated. Many times the child is prevented from experiencing some of life’s enjoyments that many people take for granted. The Open Net Foundation was formed for the purpose of raising funds for non-profit organizations and facilities that provide treatment, counseling, education, and/or assistance for childhood health problems, disabilities or illnesses. To carry out this purpose, it shall be the policy of the Open Net Foundation to do all things necessary or appropriate to maintain the highest quality of programs and events for those served.
The Open Net Foundation allocates a significant portion of funds raised to help fight Juvenile Arthritis. Funds are also allocated to various other causes based on review by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Over the years these other organizations and individuals supported have included, Arthritis Foundation, AI DuPont Nemours, Autism Delaware, SLED Hockey, Zachery Malmstrom (Adaptive Bike), Collage, American Lung Association and others.
Richard Roux was inspired to establish The Open Net Ice Hockey Tournament in April 2000 after he learned that his daughter Lindsay was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at the age of three. Lindsay’s symptoms began with difficulty walking and the feeling that her leg “was asleep.” Arthritis also affects Lindsay’s eyes. Through continuous monitoring and treatment, the Roux’s are able to stay on top of the disease and Lindsay lives a fairly normal lifestyle.
Board Members Al Gallo and Mark Olazagasti joined Roux to establish The Open Net Foundation as a volunteer run 501c non profit in 2004 as a way to give back to the community and do their part in the fight against childhood illnesses and diseases.