Although Alex has been able to compete at the state level, she has not had the opportunity to compete at the national level yet. Her dream is to represent the United States in the Olympics most likely in 2020 or 2024 so we are trying to help her shoot for that goal. I am a school teacher, and my wife recently went back to work in the attendance office of our local high school after taking care of her ailing mother for a few years. We simply have not had the financial means to send Alex to national tournaments. She is turning 16 soon, and her plan is to get an after school job once the high school wrestling season is over so that she can help pay her own way to a couple of the national tournaments that take place between March and July after the high school season is over.
Because she will still have off-season wrestling practice and quite a bit of homework, we are looking for donations to help her with her goal of competing at the national level tournaments. We are looking at two tournaments in particular – the Girls Folkstyle Wrestling National Championships held in Oklahoma City on March 26-29, 2015 and the Cadet and Juniors Women’s Freestyle Championships and training camp held in Fargo, North Dakota in mid-July. We are not looking for any more than we need to help offset the costs of these trips which should be between $1200-$1600 per trip for airfare, hotel, entry fee, etc. If we are able to raise more than we need, anything extra would be used to help Alex attend a third national tournament in Irving, Texas in mid-May that determines spots on the US World travel teams.
We realize that there are many worthy causes that individuals and businesses contribute to, and we certainly understand if your charitable contributions go elsewhere. We are hoping that we might be able to reach former wrestlers or others who might have the means to help a local girl from the Sacramento area reach for her dreams.
Thank you for your time!
- Sharon Riddle
- Mariedda Berbert
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