USA Judo launched its new Circle of 100 program over the weekend at the USA Judo Senior, Visually Impaired, Kata and Masters National Championships in San Diego.
The Circle of 100 is a premier group of donors formed to support the growth of judo at all levels - from grassroots through Olympic - in the United States.
"This is a program for those who have been waiting the opportunity to show their support of USA Judo and our athletes," said USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.) "The time has come to reach out to everyone who feels as we all do that, first and foremost, we are all members of Team USA Judo and joining the Circle of 100 will make that statement heard loud and clear."
Nearly 20 supporters of judo, including Olympians, coaches and referees, pledged to contribute $1,000 each to help provide the following for judo players in the United States:
Among these donors were the following new members of the Circle of 100:
"It is important to be able to show potential sponsors and others outside of the sport that we, as those who love and participate in the sport, do support its growth with our checkbook. Who will support the sport and the organization if not those like us?" said Noboru Saito (Clawson, Mich.), USA Judo Board member and 2004 Olympic referee.
USA Judo will be launching a Circle of 100 Web page during the next week as well as announcing more details about the program. USA Judo supporters interested in joining the Circle of 100 are asked to contact Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO, at 719.866.4730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check www.usjudo.org for new information to come soon.