Lisa Handley is a RE/MAX agent with RE/MAX Advantage Plus out of Eagan, MN and as a Platinum Club level agent, she’s successful in her real estate career. But her passion lies beyond the sold signs and can be found out on the court. As a former college volleyball player and college athletic director, Lisa’s love of the sport has followed her into real estate – and she’s now making a real difference in the lives of athletes around the Twin Cities Metro.
Over the past year, Lisa has been heavily involved in fundraising for the Hope Fieldhouse. Now, with 100% of their fundraising complete, the Hope Fieldhouse broke ground in Rosemount, MN this fall. The Hope Fieldhouse will be designed to enhance and enrich the lives of children and their families within the community by providing a quality athletic facility that is purposeful, safe, and fun.
The 42,000-sq. ft. facility will have four full-sized basketball courts, gymnasium space with easy access for adaptive athletes and their family members, a well-equipped Fitness Center and more. The inclusive space aims to serve as a “home base” for adaptive athletics, provide much needed quality court space for the youth programs and the community, and become a central location for community members & visitors to embrace fitness, athletics, and socially fulfilling opportunities.
As a Diamond level sponsor, Lisa has donated thousands of dollars for volleyball equipment and is now working with the board on increasing awareness of the adaptive sports opportunities – more specifically sitting volleyball.
“It’s about supporting athletes, regardless of age and ability, and making sure they have a place to go and be athletic,” says Lisa. “A big mission of the Hope Fieldhouse is their adaptive sports program and I couldn’t be more excited to see this take off. But we need to expand to different sports that speak to different interests. Sitting volleyball, or inclusive volleyball, is a great way for young athletes to come out of their shell, get competitive and find their confidence.”
The idea of the Hope Fieldhouse was born out of the need for more gym space in the south metro, but with one of the founding board member’s son being autistic, quickly became an opportunity to fulfill the need of able-bodied athletes as well as increase the opportunity for adaptive athletes.
“Adaptive sports is more than just physical disabilities,” explains Lisa. “Children with autism, severe anxiety, behavioral issues, will all be welcome here, in a place designed specifically for them. There will be sound absorbing walls and light controls to make them feel safe and be able to play in an environment that’s right for them.”
Lisa says that’s the part that struck her heart. “When I found out that it’s more than a gym, that there are games and activities for athletes of all ages and abilities, that’s what got my heart. Some of these athletes can’t reach their full potential in a regular gym. And their parents struggle too. This place, Hope Fieldhouse, is more than a gym, it’s a support system for children and their parents.”
If you are interested in supporting the Hope Fieldhouse, donations are being accepted at https://hopefieldhouse.org/. With the last 3% of funds coming in, the board is set to break ground on the facility this fall. You can follow the Hope Fieldhouse team and their dream on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“The dedication of the board and their tenacity to expand their reach and get donations is incredible,” says Lisa. “It’s taught me to embrace the things I’m passionate about and wholeheartedly give myself to it – physically, mentally, and monetarily.
“I came from a background where money was ‘the root of all evil’ and I struggled with my success. I felt guilty until my broker, Eric Malmberg, said the more money I make, the more money I can give away. My hope for other agents is that they can find something they’re connected to and make a difference in the lives of others.
“I don’t think it’s about personal marketing or increasing your business. What this project has done for my real estate business is only reiterated what my clients already know about me: I’m service oriented and I love giving back and helping people. It’s what I love about being a RE/MAX agent: I’m surrounded by agents who care and give back. People are willing to help and that can only come from a true place in your heart.”