By Tom Kelly | July 24, 2020, 9 a.m. (ET)

USBA and Giving Games logo


On the eve of what would have been the opening of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, U.S. Biathlon is joining with a host of Team USA national governing bodies on the launch of Giving Games, an effort to support and sustain U.S. sports federations and their athletes on their Olympic journey.

Giving Games will launch on Friday, July 24, on what would have been the opening ceremony in Tokyo. With the postponement of the Games, many U.S. sports and their athletes are facing extraordinary financial hardship and decision making, especially with the cancellation of most, or all, of their domestic competitions. Unlike most countries that receive government support, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes rely heavily on the support of the community. Adding to the physical and emotional toll that a delay in competition places on their shoulders, their revenue streams, and hope for success in 2021 are now under threat.

While U.S. Biathlon’s sites are set on the Olympic Winter Games in February, 2022, it, too, has the burden of growing support for its athletes.

“America’s athletes need our support,” said Max Cobb, president and CEO of U.S. Biathlon and chair of the National Governing Bodies Council. “At a time when America feels extraordinarily divided, this is an opportunity to come together in our common love of country and sport for the pursuit of success on the world stage, raising funds to directly support our athletes and our sports that sustain them, and their dreams, during this critical next year.”

Giving Games will create a platform for funds to be raised either as a direct donation to a specific sport, like U.S. Biathlon, or general support for all sports which will be equally divided among the participating sports organizations. Fans and supporters can contribute to Giving Games in the following ways:

● Take the Giving Games quiz to find the sport that best matches you and donate,
● Enter to win one of 10 amazing sweepstakes packages from Omaze
● Help set the World Record for most donations made in 24 hours, or
● Compete in the Medal of Giving by donating directly to a sport. At the conclusion of Giving Games, each sport will award a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal to the top three donors.

Giving Games will actively raise funds for athletes and their sports organizations during the original window of the Tokyo 2020 Games: July 24 - August 9. In addition to participating in the activations listed above, fans and supporters can also Text ‘GIVINGGAMES’ to 243725 or make a donation online. Details can be found at

Fans and supporters of U.S. Biathlon can pledge their support through Giving Games or a DIRECT DONATION TO U.S. BIATHLON

Though recognized and supported by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies are separate organizations. The Giving Games initiative is not associated with or endorsed by the USOPC or the USOPF, and funds raised through the Giving Games initiative are used to directly aid the National Governing Bodies and the athletes they support.