Historic Prize Campaign

Aug. 31, 2012, 8:51 p.m. (ET)

Dear Club Coaches,                                                    

I will echo to you now what I have heard countless times before throughout my life: “There is no single person more important to American Judo than the Club Coach."

The principles, guidance and confidence that you as a coach provide your students has the potential to yield unlimited results both as athletes and members of society. Every one of you has or will make a positive difference in the core development of your students’ lives. Make no mistake about it, you have played, and will continue to play, a significant role in the success of our athletes at the Olympic Games.  

As I all too often recall certain memorable moments at the recent London Olympic Games, I still get a bit emotional. I have never felt so proud to be an American in a foreign country in my entire life. As thrilling as it was to see them dominate on the mat like never before, it was, in a different way, just as thrilling to see them win with so much grace and humility. And, in just a few rare occasions, lose and then accept the loss (even clearly unfair losses) with the dignity they did. At all times they carried and presented themselves to the organizers, spectators and media with the utmost professionalism.  Again, you as coaches drive that character that is instilled in so many of our athletes. On behalf of USA Judo, I wish to sincerely thank you for all of your past and future efforts. 

Now, I need you to consider joining the many, many USA Judo members and supporters who have already contributed to USA Judo's Medal and Success Fund. You now have the opportunity to have yourself, your assistant coaches, club leaders and students contribute and be recognized as a member of YOUR club. Please don't miss this opportunity to support our current top athletes as they return to the mat in an effort to win more Gold in 2016 and to inspire our top up-and-coming athletes to compete at the highest level ( maybe one of your students ). Please don't hesitate to contact me directly for anything that I can do to assist you in mobilizing your club in financial support of our top athletes. Thanks again.

Best regards,

Lance Nading
President, Board of Directors
USA Judo

Here is how it works for Clubs: 

USA Judo’s goal is to raise $100,000 in prize money by September 30 to reward Kayla Harrison for winning the Gold Medal, Marti Malloy for winning Bronze, and Travis Stevens for executing a champion’s performance to take Fifth Place. 

A category of giving was designed specifically for our clubs to get big recognition for affordable giving that will make a big difference, called  “Club Supporters,” for donations of $5 to $99.

Collect donations of $20 or more from 20 or more club members and USA Judo will list your club and the names of all donating members on USA Judo’s website in perpetuity, on our Facebook page and on a plaque that will hang permanently on the wall of USA Judo headquarters.

For more details and information, go to DONATE.