ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (July 6, 2023) Farm Rich, one of the nation’s leading snacks and appetizers brands, has made a $10,000 donation to On Our Sleeves, to help fund the national rollout of the non-profit’s Sports Program.

On Our Sleeves is a national 501(c)(3) dedicated to children’s mental health, providing free expert resources to U.S. communities as part of a movement to help people better understand and support mental health and wellbeing for children.

The On Our Sleeves Sports Program gives sports leagues, teams, coaches and athletes the latest resources to help empower their organizations with exclusive athlete-related mental health resources and activities, which can be built into athletics programs while teaching students about the value of philanthropy through fundraising. Topics covered in the program’s resource material include:

  • How Coaches Can Talk to Youth Athletes About Mental Health
  • Helping Youth Athletes Practice Self-Care
  • Helping Youth Athletes Manage Performance Anxiety
  • Tips for Coaches to Prioritize Their Mental Health
  • Teaching Youth Athletes About Good Sportsmanship

The Youth Sports Program has already demonstrated strong impact in local communities, and the Farm Rich seed grant will assist the program as it rolls out nationally through:

  • Nurturing the mental wellness of young athletes in more communities across the country
  • Fundraising tools to help provide free mental health educational resources to all partners
  • Funding additional On Our Sleeves Sports Program content creation, which provides expansion for the topics, resources and activities available for coaches and athletes

Meghan Ozamiz, Director for Farm Rich, says the brand has long supported programs and resources for families and children, as well as youth sports. “On Our Sleeves occupies a unique space in children’s wellness. We’re so proud to support their efforts, particularly through the newer sports program, which helps coaches and parents better understand the important role mental health plays in the overall well-being of young athletes – giving them tools to not only succeed on the field, but in life as well. We passionately believe that vibrant and healthy communities make life better for everyone.” 

About The On Our Sleeves Movement For Children’s Mental Health 

Children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves. With 1 in 5 children living with a significant mental health concern and half of all lifetime mental health concerns starting by age 14, they need to have a voice. The On Our Sleeves Movement For Children’s Mental Health, created by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s largest network of pediatric behavioral health treatment providers and researchers, is on a mission to give expert-created resources to all U.S. communities so everyone can understand and promote mental health for children. Its vision is to build a world where mental health is a part of the upbringing of every single child. Nearly 1,000 mental health professionals and researchers at Nationwide Children’s, in partnership with other trusted experts, provide their real-world knowledge and expertise to power On Our Sleeves. Since the inception of On Our Sleeves in 2018, more than 6 million people across the U.S. have interacted with the movement’s free pediatric mental health education resources at OnOurSleeves.org.

About Farm Rich

Farm Rich is one of America’s largest frozen snacks and appetizers brands. For over 30 years, Farm Rich has supported local communities through programs that work to improve and enrich the lives of children and families. From education and social services to youth athletics and the arts, Farm Rich partners are making a true difference in their local communities. The company is based in St. Simons Island, Ga. For more information, visit FarmRich.com.