The National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of speedskating, US Speedskating (USS), has initiated a partnership with the online crowdfunding platform RallyMe to be the official crowdfunding provider for USS and its athletes. The crowdfunding campaign “Feed the Speed”, a 45-day funding drive to raise money, will be hosted on RallyMe for an initiative offering free daily lunches to USS athletes. US Speedskating has won 85 Olympic medals to dat and is the most successful winter sport in US history.
RallyMe.com is a top crowdfunding site for athletes, teams and sports-related organizations. US Speedskating joins a prestigious list of other NGB’s that have successfully partnered with the company, including the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.
“We are always looking for creative ways to diversify our funding model and bring in resources that help support our athletes,” said Tamara Castellano, Director of Marketing for US Speedskating. “Crowdfunding is something new for us, however, with the success others have had, I sincerely believe this is a great way for US Speedskating as a whole to reach a broader audience.”
As part of the agreement, individual USS athletes who raise funds on RallyMe will be featured on a special team partner page, allowing funders to easily access elite team athletes. RallyMe’s safe and secure online platform provides sophisticated tools and templates to help USS athletes or “Ralliers” easily share their personal stories and fundraising message across social media venues.
“US Speedskating athletes represent cities across the nation and are consistently among the best in the world,” said Bill Kerig, Founder and CEO of RallyMe. “We’re thrilled to form an alliance with USS and help support more athletes achieving their dreams.”
The mission of US Speedskating is to be one of the premier speedskating organizations in the world through excellence in leadership, development and performance. In addition to its elite programs, US Speedskating is responsible for the grassroots development of speedskating. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speedskating in the United States, US Speedskating is a non-profit organization.
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