USA Cycling, the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, and its Development Foundation, have announced a multi-year alliance with RallyMe.com, the industry leader in online crowdfunding for athletes.
To kick off of the partnership, nine elite women riders from across the country launched RallyMe fundraising campaigns as part of the innovative matching grant program called “Ride With U.S.”, created and initiated by the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
The nine athletes, all focused on qualifying for the team that will represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Rio, are raising money to support their travel and training for the 2014 racing season. The Foundation is matching each rider’s campaign up to $2,500. Riders who are part of Ride With U.S. include Tela Crane, Allie Dragoo, Abby Mickey, Kaitlin Antonneau, Lauren DeCrescenzo, Missy Erickson, Megan Guarnier, Maura Kinsella and Ruth Winder,
“This is a great opportunity for the Development Foundation to partner with RallyMe and provide aspiring USA Cycling athletes a unique direct athlete support program,” said Jim Miller, Vice President of Athletics for USA Cycling. ““This athlete support program partnership with RallyMe already has been a resounding success.”
The RallyMe partnership is designed to help USA Cycling’s athletes close their personal funding gap for travel and training expenses beyond the national governing body investment each year in athletic programs.
“With this initiative, USA Cycling and its Foundation are leading the way for national governing bodies in creating new opportunities to support athletes,” said Bill Kerig, RallyMe CEO and Founder. “We’re excited to partner with USA Cycling to not only help these elite women reach their goals, but also to empower the thousands of up-and-coming riders who are members of USA Cycling.
To view each athlete’s RallyMe campaign, go to: https://www.rallyme.com/organizations/9/usa-cycling-foundation
RallyMe also has partnerships with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, U.S. Freeskiing, USA Bobsled and Skeleton, and U.S. Speedskating.
About USA Cycling USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States. The 501c3, membership-based organization aims both to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition and to grow competitive cycling in America while delivering an exceptional customer experience. www.usacycling.org
About USA Cycling Development Foundation The USA Cycling Development Foundation was created to raise money in support of American athlete development programs in cycling. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system. This means we do not receive government support, or tax dollars. Private gifts received by the Foundation support junior, U-23 and Women’s athlete development in all cycling disciplines. Our mission is to assist USA Cycling with the implementation of consistent and sustained development programs for young American bike racers - We support the future of American cycling www.usacdf.org
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