USA Judo Statement Regarding 2019 Able-Bodied Athlete Funding

Jan. 08, 2019, 7:26 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo is providing this statement in response to several questions recently received regarding athlete funding. The 2019 Elite Athlete Funding Criteria can be found here. Like any small non-profit, national governing body in the Olympic Movement, resources are limited, and criteria need to be in place so that the limited resources go to the athletes with the best international performances and best opportunity at medaling at significant international events, including the Olympic Games.


In 2018 the USOC awarded USA Judo nearly $550,000 in indirect funding that served more than 50 elite able-bodied Sr. and Jr. athletes and coaches to cover high performance expenses and support, mostly toward event registration, transportation, lodging and meals.  The USOC also provided nearly $100,000 in direct athlete support, awarding monthly stipends to the top five internationally ranked USA Judo athletes each quarter.  In 2018, USA Judo additional contributed more than $120,000 toward high performance support.


In 2019, U.S. Senior Competitors will need to strategically choose from 36 IJF Events as to where they can compete to earn the most points possible in their quest to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games (top 18 competitors in all male and female weight classes, without duplicate country representation).  These competitions take place on nearly every continent with only one event occurring in North America.  The travel expense for these elite US Judoka adds up quickly, with up to a $5,000 cost for one event and $75,000-$100,000 annually per athlete.


Thanks to the many passionate donors who believe in our mission, USA Judo has been able to significantly increase its fundraising revenues which, in turn are spent on athlete programs, services and expenses as well as programs to grow the sport of judo in America.  The need for supporting athletes at all levels far outweighs the revenue received through membership fees, donations, grants and sponsorship. 


With the intent of generating more partnerships and revenue to support athletes, USA Judo just announced it has joined forces with Framework Events to be its official partner for partnership, sponsorship and vendor sales for all USA Judo Events, National Team and organizational assets.


If you are interested in supporting America’s best judo athletes in 2019 and up to the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond, or if you have recommendations/connections to companies or donors that may consider supporting American judo athletes, please contact USA Judo CEO, Keith Bryant at for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.