…Because competitive rowers need a little help from their friends. This site is dedicated is to raise funds that help rowers compete, because rowing is expensive–for some, prohibitively so. Nearly all costs are out of pocket for the athlete, which is why great success stories are double-edged. Winning opens up opportunities to compete at regional, national, and international levels. And for rowers, when opportunity knocks, it usually asks for a big check.
This site’s 202(1) crowdsourcing target is $15,000.
The funds are reimbursement/direct support for travel and equipment rental expenses for US Olympic Trials in Sarasota, Florida starting on February 22, 2021. That’s a short fuse. This is the first step in order to claim the Olympic bid for Tokyo.
Opportunity at this level gets expensive. In rowing, especially at elite levels, it’s just not enough to be good enough to win and to want to. This is why, for elite rowers, especially, winning can be a source of both joy and anxiety. While he and/or she CAN do the work as an athlete, their wallet simply CAN’T support the full effort. It definitely takes a village to get a rower to Worlds or in this case to the Olympics. Think about it: every success was built with a support system, this is why the boat needs you.
We like the idea of athletes going out in the world and being successful. That’s why we’re hoping this crowdfunding solution can help. Experience has shown us that cost can be a barrier for talent, so if it’s possible to pass along a bit of hope, we want to do that.
Everybody has a dream. It’s exciting to witness someone winning their way to the top of their game, and a rowers’ success in the wider world makes all of us look good.
Little contributions can add up quickly, and everything helps. Our promise is this: RowFund.me will raise money (up to $15,000) to cover the costs for these rowers to compete at US Olympic Trials, AND that any amount beyond that target will be donated to programs that are helping with accessibility to the sport.
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