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USSA Crowdfunding Will Help Athletes Handle Training, Travel Expenses

USSA Crowdfunding

“USSA Crowdfunding,” is a new partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowbird Association and RallyMe, a crowd funding platform for athletes and teams. The new program is being called a “groundbreaking platform exclusively for USSA member athletes.”

A website, USSA.RallyMe.com, is the next step in USSA’s dedication to provide more state-of-the-art tools and programs for its athletes, parents, teams, and clubs. More than $500,000 was raised in RallyMe last year. Donors are asked to use Visa when supporting USSA athletes.

The partnership is designed to find support for training and travel expenses to help athletes achieve their goals and dreams.

Here’s how it works: Each athlete develops his or her personal Rally, promoted through USSA’s platform. Funds collected on Rally go directly to the athlete. The project will be promoted through public relations and marketing efforts of the partners, primarily between now and Thanksgiving.

“RallyMe has provided our athletes and their families at all levels with a proven solution to help offset the costs of training and travel as they seek their own Olympic dreams,” says Tiger Shaw, USSA President and CEO. “The partnership with Rally Me leverages our communications and marketing strength to create awareness, while RallyMe makes the operational aspects of crowdfunding simple for athletes focused first and foremost on their athletic development.”

Rally Me’s Co-founder and President Bill Kerig said the “expansion to a branded platform, the USSA is leading the evolution of athletic crowd funding.”

Photo: (Left to right) USSA Vice President of Communications Tom Kelly; RallyMe CEO and Cofounder Bill Kerig; and USSA Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner discussing the new innovative crowdfunding platform. (Photo: Sarah Brunson, USSA)

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