U.S. sports rally to help sustain athletes by announcing Giving Games
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (July 24, 2020) - A number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), including USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS), have come together to launch the Giving Games: an effort to support and sustain U.S. sports federations and their athletes on their journey to Tokyo in 2021 and Beijing in 2022.
"Our athletes need our support now more than ever," said USABS CEO Aron McGuire. "We hope the nation will come together to support our athletes' dreams as they continue to work toward representing the United States on the world stage in 2022."
The Giving Games launches today, on what would have been Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. Many U.S. sports and their athletes are facing extraordinary financial hardship and decision making. Unlike most countries that receive government support, U.S. 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 are now under threat.
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.
Every gift, no matter the amount, will make a difference. Donations for USABS can be made here.
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.
About Giving Games
Giving Games, taking place July 24 - August 9, 2020, is a fundraising initiative that brings U.S. sports organizations together and implores Americans to help sustain our athletes' journeys. The initiative was started to help fill the gap of time that currently sits empty due to the postponement of the Tokyo Games. All funds raised will either be a direct donation to a specific sport or general support of all of the sports which will be equally divided among the participating sports organizations. Comprising multiple fundraising activations, Giving Games works to sustain our athletes and sports during an unprecedented time of need. For more, visit giving-games.com
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, Under Armour, Omaze, Kampgrounds of America, Snap Fitness, Hammer Strength, and Boomerang Carnets. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com.