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Get Erica L. Ayala to the 2022 Winter Olympics!

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Below is a picture of me holding an Olympic medal. It's not mine (duh), it belongs to hockey player Michelle Picard. This is the closest I'd ever been to anything Olympic. Next year, this will change with YOUR help!

I'm raising $26,000 to cover expenses associated to covering my first-ever Olympic Games.

I submitted my accommodation request form and will be expected to make my first deposit of roughly $4,750 (50% of projected hotel expenses) by May 1, 2021. 

Here is a breakdown of my projected expenses:
Airfare - $10,000 USD
Hotel - $9,500 (50% due May 1, 2021)
Ground Transit - $1,000 
Meals - $500 
Per Diem - $2,000 
Emergency - $3,000

TOTAL: $26,000

A great deal of my sports journalism career has been self-funded. I've never let that stop me from covering some of the biggest events in women's sports, such as:

~NCAA Women's Frozen Four 
~WNBA Finals 
~2017 NHL Draft
~CWHL All-Star Weekend
~Hockey Hall of Fame Induction
~NCAA Women's Final Four 
~ WNBA All-Star Weekend 

Help me fund my trip to the 2022 Beijing Olympics!

A percentage of all my freelance assignments will be added to this fundraiser. However, I won't add them here. Instead, I'll update the goal based on the money I've set aside from my other income streams.

Speaking of income, I'm selling #BlackRosie merchandise to help offset costs of this trip. You can

About Erica L. Ayala

Since 2016, I've worked as a women's hockey journalist. I've covered every NWHL All-Star Weekend since 2018 and recently called games for the women's hockey season played in Lake Placid, NY.

I am the founding hockey writer for The IX Newsletter - the women's sports newsletter covering SIX women's sports and bringing you exclusive interviews and expert analysis directly to your inbox Monday-Saturday. 


Other ways to support my trip:
1) Subscribe to my Youtube Channel 
I'm less than 100 subs from a monetized channel! I'll be posting a lot of #Beijing2022 content here, so be sure to subscribe, set notifications, and comment on your favorite videos. 

2) Subscribe to The IX Newsletter: 
Get a weekly hockey roundup from a reporter on-site! I will also post fun BTS content throughout my 20 days.

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Erica Ayala
New York, NY

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