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Helping Champions Live Their Dreams
Send the Best Starts New Fund Drive
By Planet staff

The Send the Best organization is launching a new fund drive to raise money for the U.S. World Team.

The nonprofit group is calling the fund-raiser "Helping Champions Live Their Dreams."

The project's goal is to raise enough money to ensure that the top U.S. skaters can compete in this year's World Championships in Anyang, South Korea.

At this time, it is not clear whether all the best skaters will be able to go.

In the past, travel expenses for world team members have been paid by USA Roller Sports, the national governing body for inline and roller skating.

But this year, the U.S. Olympic Committee cut off all funding for the governing body, leaving it without money to send athletes abroad.

The Olympic Committee had threatened to cut off financing last year, but relented at the last minute and provided Roller Sports with $100,000.

Send the Best is asking the skate community to assist with its fund drive by posting its flyer, making donations and soliciting donations.

Sponsor-donors will get ads on the Send the Best web site, its wall calendar and in a program that will be distributed at the 2006 National Speed Skating Championships.

The top fund-raiser (or fund-raisers) will win two passes (value $150) to the Indoor National Speed Skating Championships in Lincoln, Neb. (See new prize update in sidebar.)

(posted on March 20, 2006)

Download the Send the Best Sponsor Flyer.

Go to Send the Best web site.

Go to USOC Cuts Funding for Roller Sports.

Update: Help Skating ... Win an iPod!
The Send the Best fund-raiser just got better! Now, in addition to winning tickets to Indoor Nationals, the patron who raises the most money will win a 60GB Apple iPod (value: $399). ... You know, the one you can use to watch your favorite TV shows. (Go to more info.) (March 24, 2006)

Related reading

• Go to Send the Best web site.

• Go to USOC Cuts Funding for Roller Sports.

• Download the Send the Best Sponsor Flyer.


Copyright © 2006 by Robert Burnson

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