An Appeal By Jimmy Pedro, Head Coach, U.S. Olympic Judo Team
Dear USA Judo Members,
Having just coached our best Olympic Judo Team in U.S. history, taking our nation’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal, a Bronze Medal and a Fifth Place in addition to placing seventh as a nation, I am ecstatic that U.S. judo now has a real opportunity to capitalize on these results with sponsorships, increased membership and increased awareness and visibility of the sport. These are the things that many of us have waited a lifetime for! But the only way this will be completely realized is if we keep our best athletes competing in the sport for the next four years. Not only will this instantly give us a brand to sell, but it will also give us a greater opportunity to win medals at upcoming Grand Slams, World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Having travelled with these athletes over the past seven years, I cannot think of three better or more deserving people to support financially. They are true professionals who represent U.S. judo proudly by serving as great role models and spokespeople for our sport. On the judo mat, they lead by example and train as hard as any athletes in the world. Additionally, they are 100-percent committed to their physical training by following a professional strength-training programs and running/conditioning programs – often times squeezing in these workouts between double-session judo-training trips overseas. Off the mat, they are people of character and integrity who possess the attitude of gratitude, and are always willing to help others. This is what true champions are made of.
In order to put our best team on the mat in 2016 and beyond, we also need strong role models for the next generation to emulate. The only way this will occur is by giving them a reason to stay in the sport by supporting them now with a performance bonus and for the next four years with a guaranteed salary. Trust me, your money will be well spent. Invest in our future. Invest in our athletes. They certainly deserve it. And, I am sure they made you every bit as proud as they made me.
Thanks for your support of Team USA.
VP, Zebra Mats
2012 US Olympic Judo Coach
USA Judo created the London Olympic Medal Fund to raise prize money for Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy and Travis Stevens for their performance at the Olympic Games in London. For more information and to donate, go to INFORMATION and SUPPORT.
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.