RallyMe is proud to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic athletes who raised money through RallyMe.com and are now realizing their dreams on the biggest sports stage in the world.
Leading up to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, 160 Olympic hopefuls reached out to their supporters, family, and friends asking them to join their journey on RallyMe. Collectively – as individuals and teams – they raised over $350,000. Of those, 26 punched their ticket to Rio.
“We are so proud of these elite athletes who gave everything to be the best, and that includes taking time to share their inspirational stories and raise the funds they needed to train and compete while working to qualify for Rio,” said Bill Kerig, Founder and CEO of RallyMe.
Most governments, including the United States, don’t fully fund Olympic hopefuls as they train for the Games. While a sport’s National Governing Body (NGB) is the main supporter of elite athletes, there’s still a gap in funding – especially for travel and training. That’s where personal supporters come in.
“We’ve partnered with over 30 NGBs to help them and their athletes get the funding they need,” Kerig said. “It’s heartening to see what can happen when thousands in the sport community come together to lift up an athlete or team. It can literally change lives.”
RIO BY THE NUMBERS
Athletes & Teams who used RallyMe to Raise Funds
160 Olympic Hopefuls
6 countries represented
10 sports represented
$350,000 total raised
26 Olympians and Paralympians headed to Rio
Americans Paris Henken and Helena Scutt put their degrees on hold and fought through a terrible crash in 2013 to train full time in preparation for Rio. They are competing in dinghy sailing (49erFX).
American Megan Guarnier is a rising star in USA Cycling. Her dream was to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Road Race – she made that happen.
American wrestler and 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Jordan Burroughs – one of the most decorated and influential athletes in the sport – needed to get his family to Rio. They weren’t there in 2012 to see him win and he wanted to change that.
Seven USRowing athletes (Meghan O’Leary, Ellen Tomek, Kate Bertko, Sam Donner, Austin Hack, Alex Karwoski, Matt Miller) representing various disciplines in rowing during the Games raised money on RallyMe for World Championships in 2015 – a critical event in preparation for Rio.
Shelley Pearson is making history as the first Bermudian female rower to compete at a Summer Olympic Games. She’s hoping her journey will inspire young girls to pick up a sport and value the skills it teaches them.
Maggie Hogan became the first American to qualify for Rio in sprint canoeing. She raised money twice on RallyMe in preparations for the Games - one to help fund her coach as well, Michele Eray.
Ann Yoshida is going to be the first Hawai‘ian woman to represent Team USA in the Canoe Sprint competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. She got the unexpected call-up to the Games at the last minute. She was an alternate until this week. Now she's raising the necessary funds to get to Rio.
Whitney Childers, President, RallyMe