Thanks to a crowdfunding website, CrowdTilt, over $31,000 has been raised for the Jamaican Bobsled team, which has just qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
Chris Stokes, general secretary of the Jamaican Bobsled Federation, said the idea that the team wouldn’t go was never the reality. Jamaica, he said, pays for their way to Sochi, while the local organization committee once in Russia takes care of the athletes there. He did, however, say that the team still needs $80,000.
This team is short on just about everything, from experience as a team, as well as to the sport in general, and most of all, sponsorship. For fans to come together in just two days and raise over one quarter of what the team needs is astounding to say the least.
“We have not come close to covering our costs,” Stokes told ESPN.com on Monday. “We have many outstanding obligations and we have to pay three more weeks of training. We’ve had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven’t had the proper jackets.”
If you’d like to help the Jamaican team as they make their way to Sochi, Russia for the Olympic Games, you can donate here.
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