FSF History

On Christmas Eve 2007, University of Michigan Football player Elliot Mealer and his family were involved in a life-altering car accident that killed his father and left his brother, Brock Mealer, paralyzed. Mike Barwis, University of Michigan Director of Strength & Conditioning at the time, visited Brock in the hospital where he learned Brock was given a 1% chance of walking again. Mike pledged to help Brock with his recovery by providing specialized training.

In 2010, Brock led the University of Michigan Football team onto the field during the home opener, using only two canes to walk to the center of the field. Not only did Brock defy the odds, but he became an inspiration for so many other individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Mike Barwis moved on to open BARWIS Performance Centers in Michigan and Florida, and make the same specialty recovery program he used with Brock, Neurological Reengineering, available to all individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and/or neurological disorders. He then founded a 501(c)(3), the First Step Foundation, to provide scholarships for the Neurological Reengineering Program to enable all individuals a chance at recovery, regardless of financial constraints.

FSF Mission

A 501(c)(3) organization helping those with spinal cord, neurological, and related disorders regain movement and mobility by providing access to the BARWIS Neurological Reengineering elite recovery program via training scholarships.

FSF What We Do

A 501(c)(3) organization helping those with spinal cord, neurological, and related disorders regain movement and mobility by providing access to the BARWIS Neurological Reengineering elite recovery program via training scholarships.

FSF What We Do:
Most of us take simple movements and mobility for granted as we go about our days. The individuals in the BARWIS Neurological Reengineering Program are tireless fighters, often in the face of incredible odds and rapidly depleting resources/insurance coverage. We are called to help, to continue to give hope and the Power to Move.

The First Step Foundation helps provide access to the cutting-edge recovery program, Neurological Reengineering. Our board aims to grow the program, extend its reach, and impact as many lives as we can.

Since its inception in 2014, the First Step Foundation has provided over $350,000 in training scholarships and over $60,000 in specialized equipment for the Neurological Reengineering Program.

FSF How You Can Help

-Donate to the scholarship fund. here is the link to the Scholarship Application: https://form.jotform.com/50555642159963

-Volunteer for one of our annual fundraising events.

-Sponsoran individual in the Neurological Reengineering Program.

Athletic Angels History

At BARWIS, we have a deep desire to utilize our resources and relationships to help those in need in the most practical, tangible ways possible. The Athletic Angels Foundation was born from this desire, started years ago by Mike Barwis in his days as a collegiate strength coach when he would develop relationships with impoverished kids who lived near the football stadium. He would connect them with his athletes, ensure they received gifts and food during the holiday season, and provide ways for them to experience joy and mentorship with high-profile role models. Today, Athletic Angels not only continues these traditions but also has ongoing relationships with foster care facilities, hosts weekly training sessions and exciting large-scale seasonal events for youth, distributes athletic scholarships to underprivileged youth.

AA Mission

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing impoverished youth in our communities with vital resources, opportunities, experiences, and mentoring.

AA What We Do

We work with foster care and rescue organization to provide underprivileged and at risk youth with free weekly performance training and mentoring at BARWIS Performance Centers, creating an active and engaging play and learning experience to promote literacy physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially while combating the effects of neglect and/or abuse in the children’s past. Athletic Angels also organizes and hosts seasonal donation drives for rescue and foster care organizations, and distributes athletic scholarships to underprivileged youth.

AA How You Can Help

-Donate to the general fund.
-Volunteer for one of our annual fundraising events.

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FSF tax ID:  46-3268143

AA tax ID:  27-4117424

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