USA Judo is pleased to announce the creation of the Fullerton Memorial Fund which has been established in memory of Dr. Frank Fullerton, former USA Judo President and a seventh-degree black belt. Dr Fullerton gave tirelessly of himself to the sport of judo by dedicating years of his life to management of the sport in the Western hemisphere as well as on the world level.
The fund's function is to promote grassroots programs by providing equipment grants to clubs that may not have the resources to purchase the equipment themselves. The goal of the fund is to promote participation in the sport of judo by providing access to equipment and safe environments for start up clubs or existing clubs that demonstrate a need.
"Since the passing of former President Frank Fullerton we have been trying to figure out how to keep the memory of this great man alive within USA Judo," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) "This Memorial Fund is one of the ways that we feel we will be able to keep Dr. Fullerton's legacy alive."
Dr. Fullerton's contributions to judo include nearly 20 years as USA Judo's President, more than a decade on the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors and 10 years as the Pan American Judo Union Director of Sports. He was also a delegate to the International Judo Federation and attended meetings and events all over the world as an ambassador for USA Judo, the Panamerican Judo Union and the sport of judo.
The family of Dr. Frank Fullerton generously donated more than 300 pieces of judo memorabilia to USA Judo following Dr. Fullerton's passing in 2008.
USA Judo will be conducting an auction of this memorabilia beginning on June 15 and continuing until the close of the USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships on June 26 at 5 p.m. at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
"Dr. Fullerton lived a rich life of travel experience in the sport and it shows in the collection of memorabilia of both judo and the Olympics that he left behind. For those interested in having a piece of sport history, or just a piece of Dr. Fullerton's life experience this auction is second to none," said USA Judo General Secretary Dr. Ron Tripp (Norman, Okla.)
All proceeds from the auction, which will be conducted both online and in person at the Junior Olympics, will benefit The Fullerton Fund whose mission is to increase participation in the sport of judo by providing access to sports equipment and to ensure economically disadvantaged clubs the resources required to be successful.
"The auction items speak loud and clear to Dr. Fullerton's life and his achievements," said USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.) "I have already identified two items that I will certainly bid for since they remind me so much of who Dr. Fullerton was and what he meant to USA Judo."
Items available for auction include: