I have a dream that you can help make come true. I am a United States Deaflympian who will compete in the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria
on 26 July- 4 August, 2013. One hundred twenty elite deaf and hard of hearing athletes will represent the USA in 10 different sports.
The Summer Deaflympics are among the world's fastest growing sporting events. More than 2,500 Deaf athletes and officials from 77 nations participated in the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan in September 2009. The Games are built on a 89 years of tradition. Organized since 1924 by the Comite International des Sports des Sourds (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), the first Summer Deaflympics was held in Paris, France. Winter Deaflympics were added in 1949. The International Olympic Committee sanctions the Summer and Winter Deaflympics.
Being selected for the USA Summer Deaflympics Team is an honor and a major achievement for myself and my fellow Deaflympians. The biggest challenge I face is not the competition itself, but the ability to secure funding to represent the USA at the Deaflympics. Unlike hearing Olympians or Paralympians, elite deaf and hard of hearing athletes like myself must do my own fundraising because I do not receive financial support from the United States Olympics Committee. This presents a twofold challenge for Deaflympics athletes: fundraising and training for the Deaflympics.
People like you, who support the mission of the USADSF and its athletes, are the ones that can make it possible for me to accomplish my lifelong dream. Each Deaflympian must fundraise at least $4,000 to cover all costs, including international airfare and training expenses.
With great appreciation,
2013 Deaflympian in Basketball
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