As most of you know, my daughter Ludmila is on the team, playing opposite and middle hitter. This is her second Deaflympics; she and her teammates earned the silver medal in Taipei, Taiwan in 2009. The team won the Friendship Games in Washington, DC in 2011, and a silver medal in the World Deaf Championships in Sofia last year. Their arch-rival is Ukraine, and this year, they are going all out to beat them and bring home the gold.
The USA national team has impressive depth and breadth, and a good balance of veterans and younger players. Its coaching staff, led by Lynn Ray Boren, has no peer anywhere in the world.
Each team member must raise $3,500 to cover travel expenses -- airfare, lodging, meals -- apparel, and the cost of training camp. It's a tall order, but Ludmila has done it several times already. We are very grateful to the many people who have supported her and her teammates time and again, and we thank you in advance for your continued support. Anything that Ludmila raises above her individual goal of $3,500 will help her teammates.
Thank you for your support of Ludmila and Team USA!
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