GET INVOLVED Living the Dream Medal Fund releases its new logo

By Gary Abbott | Aug. 04, 2009, 6:20 p.m. (ET)
The Living the Dream Medal Fund, the new program established to increase the financial rewards for U.S. wrestlers, has established a new logo for the campaign.

This logo will be used to help promote this program to the wrestling community and the general public.

The Living the Dream Medal Fund will provide increased funding for U.S. wrestlers who win Olympic and World medals during the next four-year Olympic cycle.

Any U.S. wrestler who wins a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England will receive a quarter-million dollars ($250,000).

Silver medalists in London will earn $50,000 and bronze medalists in London will receive $25,000. The payout for a World Championships medal in 2009, 2010 and 2011 will be $50,000 for a gold, $25,000 for a silver and $15,000 for a bronze.

Everybody in wrestling has an opportunity to be part of the success of the program.

USA Wrestling has set up a website for the Living the Dream Medal Fund, where wrestling supporters can make donations to the project. People have been asked to give donations from $5 to $5,000 to the fund.

To make a donation, click here:

The Fund will be maintained as a restricted and segregated fund by USA Wrestling.* It will be overseen by a board that includes representatives of USA Wrestling as well as the group of stewards who have helped establish the Fund and will assist in financially underwriting it. In addition to the support of the stewards, funding will also come from a public fundraising program as well as from existing support from USA Wrestling and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Included among the stewards are all three Team Leaders for the U.S. wrestling programs: Mike Novogratz (freestyle), Dave Barry (Greco-Roman) and the family of Kim Martori-Wickey (women). Other initial stewards in the program include Rich Tavoso, Stan Dziedzic and Joe Alpert.

The list of donors for the Living the Dream Medal Fund has now been posted. The goal is to include thousands of people from all across the nation, all who share a passion for wrestling and want to help the United States to become the greatest wrestling nation in the world. The list will be updated weekly, right up to the opening of the 2012 Olympics in London.

For the current list of Living the Dream Medal Fund donors, click here:

JOIN THE LIST… Be part of the growing number of wrestling supporters who are making the Living the Dream Medal Fund a reality.

*This announcement summarizes the purpose of and provides general information regarding the living the dream medal fund. Additional information pertaining to the fund may be obtained from USA Wrestling, including information regarding return of contributions to donors in the event the full amount of the fund is not awarded after conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Games based on the performance of the USA Wrestling 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Teams and 2012 USA Olympic Wrestling Teams.