Letter from Lance Nading USA Judo President

May 16, 2013, 1:17 a.m. (ET)

Dear USA Judo Supporters,      

I am asking you today to invest in America's future medal success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. You can best support this cause by either attending or supporting the IJF Grand Prix to be held in Miami, Florida on June 15-16, 2013. The event will be televised and streamed throughout the world and will have the largest viewing audience of any U.S. Judo event to date. There are three primary reasons that this event is crucial to our mission and our success.

First, our top Judo athletes will be competing against the worlds best judokas on American soil at the Grand Prix events in 2013 and 2015. Competing in the United States at an event of this level provides optimal conditions for our athletes to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Second, the Grand Prix provides major sponsorship exposure for our Team USA athletes and the sport of judo. With millions viewing the IJF Miami Grand Prix, American Judo becomes a better investment for large corporate sponsors potentially resulting in the massive amounts of funding critical to achieve Olympic Gold by 2016.

Finally, we clearly know that medal success in the Olympic Games requires 100% team effort at every level. The 2013 and 2015 IJF Grand Prix's in the United States will showcase not only our top athletes but also Team USA's top coaches, managers, referees and team leaders to the entire world. Each of these individuals play a critical and influential role in achieving international medal success and ultimately Olympic Gold. Great judo nations consistently host great international events providing team driven opportunities that are pivotal for generating medals on the Olympic stage.

How can you help? Please purchase one or more $100 VIP Sponsorship Tickets. Whether you plan on attending the event or just watching from home, your VIP Sponsorship Tickets will make the difference in our team's success as we march together towards Rio in 2016.

Additionally, for every $100 donation you make to an identified Olympic Gold event or program, between now and June of 2016, you will be provided a single raffle ticket allowing you the chance to win a free Olympic Games VIP credential complete with seating. You will also have access to USA House medal events, behind the scenes Olympic Village access and pre-Olympic games athlete training sessions.

Thank you for your past and future support of this great sport of ours. Please join me in this worthy effort.

All My Best,

Lance Nading

For more information about the $ 100 VIP Sponsorship Tickets please contact Sherrie Wilson. Sherrie is available to answer questions and take ticket reservations at any time. She may be reached via telephone at 719.491.9682 or via email at sherrie.wilson@usajudo.us.