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USA Bobsled & Skeleton partners with Veterans’ Education Challenge to raise funds to supplement GI Bill

Jan. 07, 2016, 5:05 p.m. (ET)

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USA Bobsled & Skeleton partners with Veterans’ Education Challenge to raise funds to supplement GI Bill

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 7, 2016)- USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced today a partnership with the Veterans’ Education Challenge (VEC) to help raise awareness for the organization. The VEC is dedicated to sending United States Military veterans to college by providing them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover.

The Veterans’ Education Challenge logo will be displayed on Team USA’s national team bobsleds, debuting this week in the Lake Placid, N.Y. World Cup event.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Avis and Bruce and the Veterans’ Education Challenge,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “We have a long history supporting the military and we are strong proponents of higher education. Like many former military athletes, I personally benefited from the GI Bill and I know how important a program like this can be for our soldiers. We are proud to help promote this program.”

Founders of the Veterans’ Education Challenge, Avis and Bruce Richards, announced the launch of the “Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” on November 11th, 2015 in an effort to supplement the GI Bill and help fund higher education for returning veterans. The challenge is hosted on, and every dollar donated to the challenge between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to $1 million.

In addition to the $1 million pledge for the Veterans’ Education Challenge, the Richards also donated $1 million to the University of Maryland to provide scholarships for veterans at the school.

To learn more about the Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge and contribute please visit

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About USA Bobsled & Skeleton
USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Century 21 Real Estate, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, Park City Lodging, Inc., Classroom Champions, UberSense, Tesa Tape, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Protostar, Machintek and deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at