USA Judo Announces Historic Action
To Reward Three Athletes For Their
Historical Performance At Olympic Games
Historic moments call for historic actions, and today USA Judo announces what will be one of many decisions to come that will accelerate the momentum that our sport and athletes gained in London at the recently completed Olympic Games.
We want each of our members to be a part of this historic moment for Judo in the United States, and it is the hope that each and every one of our members will support and participate in the program that we are announcing today.
As all of you know, we had two athletes win medals in London: Kayla Harrison the Gold and Marti Malloy the Bronze.
You also know that Kayla’s Gold medal is the first ever won by our country in the Olympic Games; thus the historic nature of this happening!
We also had one other athlete make it to the semi-final rounds of the Olympic Games in London, and that was Travis Stevens who ended placing fifth. Travis fought like the champion he is, and all of us who watched his fight against the defending Olympic Champion from Germany, know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that Travis was the winner, no matter what the decision was by “flags.”
USA Judo wants to reward these three, to say “thank you” and at the same time motivate our youth, the next generation of judoka who will follow them in years to come, so that they know we are proud of their accomplishments, their sacrifice and commitment to the sport of Judo.
Therefore, USA Judo announces today that a $100,000 prize fund will be raised in order to award Kayla Harrison $55,000; Marti Malloy $30,000 and Travis Stevens $15,000.
This effort is unprecedented for USA Judo, and so it should be given the historic performance of these athletes in London!
Now, we want you, our members and supporters to be a part of raising these funds. We are asking that each and every one of you consider making a donation, whatever each of you can afford to help USA Judo get to the $100,000 needed. All donations will be strictly handled and deposited in a restricted account that will be used to pay these athletes the prize funds. The drive to raise this money will end September 30. -update: Deadline for donations extended to October 15.
All donors, no matter how small their contribution is, will be recognized on our website and Facebook page. A permanent webpage will be left on our official website as a standing tribute to those who gave toward reaching the $100,000 figure. USA Judo will also create a wall plaque that will list donors and hang in perpetuity at our National Governing Body office. The highest levels of donors will receive signed pictures of our three athletes together. All donations will be 100 percent earmarked towards this fund and will be tax-deductible with proper letters of receipt and appreciation issued.
Here is how this program will work.
London Olympic Medal Fund Donation Levels and Goals:
Gold Medal - $5,000 and above.
The goal is to find five donors who will make tax-deductible donations of $5,000 or more toward the total London Olympic Medal Fund. Donors will be recognized on our website in perpetuity and on our Facebook page, lead the list of donors appreciated on a handsome plaque in our NGB offices in Colorado Springs and receive framed and autographed pictures of our three Prize Awarded athletes.
Silver Medal - $ 2,500 to $4,999.
The goal is to find ten donors who will make tax-deductible donations of $2,500 to $4,999 toward the total London Olympic Medal Fund. These donors also will be recognized on our website in perpetuity and on our Facebook page, they will be included prominently on our wall plaque in our NGB offices in Colorado Springs and they will receive framed and autographed pictures of our three Prize Awarded athletes.
Bronze Medal- $ 500 to $2,499
The goal is to find 100 donors to provide donations of $500 to $2,499 tax-deductible gifts that will go toward the total London Olympic Medal Fund. These important donors will be recognized on our website in perpetuity and on our Facebook and NGB office wall plaque.
Honorable Mention - $100 to $499
The goal is to find 1000 members to provide donations of $100 to $499. All donors will be properly recognized on our website, our Facebook page and wall plaque.
Club Supporters - $5 to $99
All donors of $5 to $99 will be properly recognized on our website and Facebook page and wall plaque.
Again, we respectfully ask for your support of this historic program to thank and reward our athletes for their historical performance in London.
Jose H. Rodriguez
Chief Executive Officer
To Donate please email Werner Walter at WalterW@usajudo.us or call the USA Judo offices at 719-866-4730 or use the button below to donate online.