HandBand Pro® Sponsorship Program
HandBand Pro® was created out of a need in the fitness industry for a better grip and hand protection that prevents slipping and the blisters and rips caused by friction on the bar.
The feedback from the Crossfit and fitness community has been incredible, and we love to hear from athletes who are amazed that their hands don't blister or rip after multiple reps anymore!
Since the launch of HandBand Pro® in May 2014, we had also unexpectedly received positive feedback from many people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, saying that they prefer HandBand Pro® over their gloves for their chairs because they are easy to put on and off, they don't cover their whole hand, they protect their hands and help with grip, and they love how they look.
When we posted Rubi's picture and comment on our Facebook page in July 2014, we received numerous comments, messages, emails and calls from people asking where they could get HandBand Pro® for their wheelchairs.
The pictures and requests were both inspirational, heartbreaking, and humbling. There is a huge need here. Did you know that in the US alone, there are over 3.3 million wheelchair users?? And this - less than 20% of wheelchair/walker users are employed.
Our mission is to provide HandBand Pro® for free to those who rely on wheelchairs, walkers and crutches for mobility. But the need is greater than what we can do alone.
We set up the HandBand Pro® Sponsorship Program to provide a free pair of HandBand Pro® to someone in need through a sponsorship gift from YOU. We have special pricing for sponsored pairs, and as a thank you, you will also receive a $5 eGift Certificate to HandBand Pro®!
I don't know about you, but I take my mobility for granted. My legs work and I complain that I 'can't walk' after leg day. The more requests that come in, the more I'm humbled and reminded that I can do SOMEthing to help.
It may be small, but a pair of HandBand Pro® may make a positive difference in someone's life. Will you join us in spreading a little kindness? We never know what it could mean to someone.
Thank you for being the engine to our Mission!
What does it mean to be a Sponsor?
It means you care. It means you'd like to help someone who relies on a wheelchair, walker, or crutches for mobility to receive a free pair of HandBand Pro®. There is no other obligation or requirement.
How Can I Become a Sponsor?
We've made it as easy as possible for you to Sponsor!
- Choose the person you'd like to sponsor by clicking on their picture below. This will take you to the SPONSOR STORE.
- Add to your cart and complete the checkout process.
- We have special pricing for Sponsorship, and as a special thank you, we will also email you a $5 HandBand Pro® Gift Card that you can use any time!
- If you'd like to add a personal note, write it in the NOTES section at checkout and we will include it with your gift.
Would you like to go in with 2 others to help sponsor someone who relies on a wheelchair or crutches for mobility? This is the option for you!
We'll send a pair of HandBand Pro® to the first (unsponsored) person in the list below (or the next person who requests a sponsorship) on behalf of you and two others who contribute!
It's $5.99 for a portion of the Sponsorship.
Thank you so much for helping us with our Mission!
I'm a Legless diva after a tragic car accident pushing through life daily inspiring others
I'm 31yrs old paraplegic motorcycle racer, a mother of 2 kids, mechanical engineer and a wheelchair user. I paralysed in 2002 in a snowboarding accident at the age of 15. After that I have skiied with monoski, paraglided, sailed, built showcars and motorcycles, studied to be a boat manufacturing engineer and a airplane mechanic. On May 2017 I became the first ever paraplegic female world champion in motorcycle racing.
Glorybelle Lillie 11/6/17
My name is Chandler aka Bing, i am 12 years old, i got fitted for my very first wheelchair yesterday, now waiting for insurance to approve. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Chiari Malformation, cranial cervical instability and i am in a hard cervical collar and have been for close to 2 years,, sleep apnea, Dysautonomia and other things. My sister uses handband pro for her hands and it has helped her so i felt these would help me too I love mindcraft, you tube, and children movies
I am Jasmine, i have been in a wheelchair for 6 years, i am 16 and i use hand bands to keep my hands from blistering, i have been using hand bands for 2 1/2 years and they really help me. My favorite color is red, black, purple, and i love things that have anime and skulls. I have a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Dysautonomia, partial paralysis so i rely on my wheelchair for outtings
Glorybelle Lillie 11/6/17
I am 19 years old, and have chronic Hemiplegia caused by a migraine disorder, and extreme weakness in my lower body due to POTS. I have had handbands before and loved them so much that now I want another pair to replace my old ones (they ripped). I would be honored to have a sponsor, and extremely greatful because I am unable to afford them for myself at the current time due to some medical expenses from my last procedure. Thank you for hearing my story, and if you don't help me, I hope that someone else has the honor of recieving kindness from you today.
I'm Danielle I have autism and EDS. I'm 27. I like cross stitching and video games.
Hi there! I'm quinto (yes, with a lowercase 'q'). I'm 27 and live in Ontario. I am engaged to the most fantastic woman I've ever met. I've been a wheelchair user for almost 7 years. I also have several conditions affecting my hands and wrists that cause weak grip, poor motor control, and severe chronic pain, among other things. Despite all that, I still try to get out and be active, although it's getting tougher and tougher the more my condition declines. I sew, do woodworking, knit, crochet, embroider, create custom wheelchair modifications and accessories, and play the ukulele, the harmonica, and the dulcimer. Your product, HandBand, and especially the V3 with the added wrist support, appealed to me because I'm always interested in new and innovative solutions to problems - and also because of the grip section, which I feel will help with my grip issues. Sometimes I can no longer even close my fist around my wheelchair rims and am so hopeful that the HandBands will help me! There are so many exciting things waiting for me just outside my door every day that I'd love to go explore. I'm so thankful to the folks at HandBand who set up this sponsorship system and to all the sponsors and potential sponsors out there. Thank you all for making a difference.
I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Two years ago I was placed with a mobility dog and she has improved my life dramatically, however, I'm now to the point of needing a wheelchair and am going for my fitting appointment in just over a week. I'm looking forward to being able to get out and around a lot more because it's too tiring to walk much. My service dog will still do all of her tasks and will actually be getting more exercise since I'll be able to go much farther in a chair (not sure how she'll love that LOL).
A Believer, Wife, Mother, Friend, and Encourager is what I hope others would see in me. My total disability began in 2012, so I am still learning how to navigate this new world of mine. I am also learning how to handle a Service Dog, with the expectation that I will have one of my very own soon. I had to start using my wheelchair in 2013, due to a failure of the spine due to multiple autoimmune diseases of the spine. I am trying to remain active regardless of my disabilities. Thank you for this amazing program! I hope I am considered. God Bless!
I raced pro am motocross and in 2011 I had a wreck that caused a c6 incomplete spinal cord injury. I have limited hand function and currently use a active hands gripping aid or wrist hooks in the gym 5 days a week
Ann Tan 11/5/17
I'm jaymi, I'm 20 and I've got a genetic condition called ehlers danlos syndrome which limits my mobility. It also causes damage to my tendons and ligaments and I dislocate my joints easily. I'm a part time wheelchair user, service dog handler, and dog trainer. My wheelchair increases my independence, and a pair of hand bands would help me to do more, easily!
Glorybelle Lillie 11/6/17
I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma a rare type of cancer earlier this year in order to potentially save my life I had to get my right leg amputated about 3 weeks ago life has been hard especially now that I can only move with crutches or my wheelchair my dream is to be able to run again and walk on my own your sponsorship would mean so much to me
Im a board member of Coastal Adaptive Sports (non profit organization), we have different activities for adaptive athletes (adaptive surf, wheelchair basketball, hand cycling, etc). We can use for our athletes. Thank you!
I'm 29, usually called Belle, I use a wheelchair and crutches as I struggle to walk due to chronic pelvic pain which began 18 months ago. I also have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which can complicate things. I like to stay as active and independent as possible. I'm a keen swimmer and I have 2 huskies that pull my off road wheelchair so we can go off on adventures despite my mobility problems.
Hi my name is Harvey (well actually I'm Gillian, Harvey's mum) I will be two in January. I have spina bifida and am paralyzed from about chest height down. I am very excited to be getting fitted next week for my first big boy wheelchair! I am looking forward to getting up to lots of mischief and getting to explore more. I plan on keeping my mum very busy!
I am a disabled veteran and professional adaptive strength athlete. I use a chair 95% of the time and crutches the other 5%. I compete all through the USA and world each year!
I am a 19 year old wheelchair user who loves art, making youtube videos and spending time with friends.
I'm a young adult with EDS, dysautonomia, fibromyalgia, among many others and use a wheelchair and a service dog. I've been trying to save up to buy a pair but being disabled and low income I've had many unexpected expenses and haven't been able to. I greatly enjoy going out and letting my service dog go on long walks. I'm in constant severe pain from my conditions and do my best to still be active and social in my community. Little accommodations like this help more than most people can comprehend, I'd be so appreciative if I was able to get a pair sponsored.
Alicia Denney 11/2/17
I am 18yrs old and live in Wales, I want to be a forensic psychologist however I've been on medical leave for 2 years so I'm a bit behind! I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and PoTS which have made me reliant on a walker and wheelchair to get through day to day. I have always been an athletic person, I have been training as an aerialist for 4 years so my diagnosis broke my heart and forced me to reconsider my life (I was on my way to a profession in circus). I love the outdoors, cross country running and walks with my dog and I'm having to figure out how to do that in a wheelchair. Apart from the shoulder aches the first thing you realise is how much it trashes your hands! Especially if you like being outdoors with hills, breaking/slowing down can really burn your hands. My friend recommended handbands to me and after looking through the website they seem amazing!
I'm 23 years old, I am a wheelchair user and I train service dogs. I have been partnered with my seizure alert and response service dog, Daphne, for 3 years now. She also performs retrieval of dropped items or specific items when I am in my wheelchair.
I have a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, along with a damaged autonomic nervous system which leaves me using a wheelchair anytime I'm outside the house. My dreams are to do a 5K and eventually a full marathon with my wheelchair, but finding a pair of gloves that help with grip and that are comfortable and that I can afford. Hands are important to protect, and especially as I love to sew and play ukulele.
Jeff Crowner 7/7/17
I'm a mother of two and I am reliant on a wheelchair when out and about. I really struggling with my health and I'm stupidly stubborn, a electric wheelchair maybe easier but using a manual wheelchair is the last bit of control, movement, choice I have. It feels more rewarding to push myself around with my daughter on my lap then to loose the last bit of freedom I have. Does that sound silly. I've been labelled unfit for work, and I have to be watched for health reasons so my husband is my full time carer so I'm trying to earn money with what little I have left that I can do MamaFaithful.paigeeworld.com Www.patreon.com/MamaFaithful
Hi my name is Alicia, I am a wife and a mother of 3 fur children, one of which is my service dog in training. I use crutches/wheelchair to get through the day. I have several medical conditions that make my day to day life very difficult but with the help of my husband and my pup I am able to conquer the days as they come. I love to go in adventures with my family and just got back from Holiday World yesterday, it was a fun filled day with my nephew but unfortunately incredibly hard on my hands with all the hills and my wheelchair. Winning a pair of these would be incredibly beneficial and I would love the opportunity to try them.
Elizbeth Dan 5/22/17
I became wheelchair bound about a week ago when my autonomic dystrophy progressed too quickly to treat. Before I was diagnosed I was among the elite crossfit athletes in my age group. My last competition sent me into what would be my first dystrophic episode that would lead to a two year battle for the diagnosis I have today. I've spent the past 5 months completely reliant on arm crutches and now am in a wheelchair. I still enjoy working out and physical therapy is one of my favorite things. I'm a marine biology major in college right now as well and hope to one day be able to create a conservation and exploration team that is fully accessible for everyone regardless of disability.
HANNAH KOCHER 4/23/17
My name is Chandler. Yes, like Friends. (If I ever meet Matthew Perry I'm gonna yell at him for ruining my life!) Ready for the kicker? My bestfriend's name is Rachel and her last name starts with Green. I know. Mind blown, right? I'm your average nerdy girl. I like video games, comic books, and going to conventions, but I used to just be your average girl- Walking around Con with my friends, traveling to new and exotic places (Indiana is really flat), taking the stairs without getting exhausted. One day I could use my legs for more than five minutes at a time and the next day I couldn't. Now, I'm your average bad ass wheelchair-ing (shh, it's a word) girl and I zip all over this grand land with hands that no one wants to see because wheelchair hands are not sexy, people! It's never going to be a trend that catches on! Do you know who didn't have Wheelchair hands? Carrie Fisher. You wanna know why I know that? Because I touched her hand last August in Chicago and it was as smooth as a baby's butt! So. Yeah. That's probably a little more about me than you barraged for, but these things are always awkward and I never know what to say. Hope you're having the best day, of the best month, of the best year, of the rest of your life!
I am 27 year old woman who is a newer wheelchair user. I have spondylolisthesis and have failed back surgery as well as a low level spinal cord injury. I have heard your bands are great especially when pushing in the summer.
This is a photo of my mom and I. She is my rock! She has been there for me in this period of adjustment. We do a lot together but I am trying to be more independent. She has had her own issues dealing with a workplace accident and then breast cancer. If anything can help, like these bands will, I'll take it in helping me rely less on her and more on just myself.
Hello my name is Kella. I am a 18 year old girl who has recently been diagnosed with a nervous system malfunction disorder called Dysautonomia (dis-auto-no-me-a). There are many different types of Dysautonomia, the one I have is called Neurocardiogenic syncope (Neuro-car-de-o-gen-ick) which mean my brain and heart miscommunicate and doesnt send the blood back up from the bottom half of my body, and not enough blood to your brain results in fainting and very low heart rate. Alot of patients end up needing to use a wheelchair as it is safer and we do not get as dizzy and less risk of fainting and doing bodily harm and getting head injuries. Our bodies are smart and when we faint its our bodies way of saying get flat now so the blood can go back up to our brain and heart. A good analogy is think of our bodies as an hour glass when we stand up the blood pools in our legs and bottom half of body just the same as if you stand an hour glass up the sand from the top flows down into the bottom half, if you tip the hour glass on its side the sand is equally distributed in the top half and bottom half same with the blood in our bodies. I would love to be able to have someone sponsor me because I live in Michigan and in winter its very difficut to wear gloves and still wheel my chair, my friend told me she could wear gloves and still use these hand bands and they sound absolutely amazing.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me and my disorder.
IVAN AND CARROLL PETTIFOR 4/4/2017
Angelo is a 16 old boy with Spina Bifida and is very active in his wheelchair. He plays wheelchairsports at school. Even He is in a Leadership club afterschool and he is very active in our community. I have attached my Facebook page and you can see some pictures of Angelo being active in different sports.