Support Puerto Rico's 2 Man Bobsled Team 2019/2020

Hello!

We are a newly formed two man bobsled team from the small Caribbean Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and we are asking for some help in purchasing a sled, some runners, and help with our travel expenses and race fees.  How are we looking for help? Well thru donations and/or sponsorships!
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Our team is piloted by Eduardo F. Camacho, a former United States Air Force member, who has served in Iraq, Jordan and Africa.  He has since been separated from the  USAF since July 2017 and has been working on becoming a competitive athlete for the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. 41835062_1570218919173272_r.jpeg

His best friend, teammate and brakeman, Angel Roman Colon, is a Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force.  He and Eduardo go way back before they both decided to join the military.  He is still currently serving in Florida along with his beautiful family and has been training along side Eduardo getting ready for the upcoming season and the Winter Games. 41835062_1570218947128292_r.jpeg

Both of these athletes will be pioneering in bobsled as they look to make history for Puerto Rico, as the first two bobsled athletes to qualify for the Winter Olympics of 2022 in Beijing, China since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. As a developing nation, we must compete in five events on three different tracks within two years in order to qualify for the World Championships and Olympics and would be very honored and grateful to pursue our Olympic dream with your help.41835062_1570218980388651_r.jpeg

Competing against some of the world's best athletes as Puerto Rican's is rewarding but full of challenges. With our sights set on the 2022 Winter Olympics, we hope to raise enough money to purchase our own sled and a couple sets of runners.  Sure we can rent a sled and borrow some runners from our coaches, but if we really want to compete on our terms and win, we need our own equipment. A good sled  can range in cost, anywhere between $8,000 and $100,000 with used or new runners.  Other pieces of equipment help make the upkeep of the sled a bit more expensive, but are an important part of the game.  41835062_1570219017411635_r.jpeg

With our sport not being very recognized like, hockey, basketball, baseball, motocross, BMX and other well known sports, funding and acknowledgment for and from sponsors is very limited or scarce. Which brings us to the search for assistance with travel expenses to go to competitions and training sites.  Airline prices for our trips this season for the North American Cup and European Cup are as follows:

- $1000.00 Leave Pensacola, FL to Albany, NY Drive 2.5 hours to Lake Placid, NY

- $1,100.00 Leave Pensacola, FL to Salt Lake City, UT Drive 2.5 to Park City, UT

-Leave from Pensacola, Florida to Albany, NY to compete in Lake Placid, NY for the North American Cup Championship Total Cost with meals is $1000.00 January 17, 2019

Here is the breakdown of what the money would go towards this season:

Lake Placid, NY (November 4 - 20):
- $2,500.00 for good runners.  This is important to own so we can begin to achieve consistent runs. 
- $1000.00 Mono-bobsled for pilot training class (November 6 - 10)
- $500.00 Two-Man Bobsled Rental for NAC Competition
- $90.00 NAC Race fee for two races and team
- $1700.00 for Air BnB lodging
- $1,500.00 Rental Vehicle
- -$500.00 for gas
- $500.00 for food

Total w/plane tickets: $8,590.00
Total wo/plane tickets: $7,590.00

Park City, UT (December 2 - 14):
- $500.00 Two -Man Bobsled rental for NAC Competition
- $150.00 NAC Race fee for three races and team
- $1,300.00 for Air BnB lodging
- $600.00 Rental Vehicle
--$500.00 for gas
- $500.00 for food

Total w/plane tickets: $4,850.00
Total wo/plane tickets: $3,750.00

Lake Placid, NY (January 2 - 10):
- $500.00 Two-Man Bobsled Rental for NAC Competition
- $150.00 NAC Race fee for three races and team
- $1700.00 Air BnB
- $1,500.00 Rental Vehicle
- $500 for gas
- $250 for food

Total w/plane tickets: $4,100.00
Total wo/plane tickets: $3,100.00

Grand Total for 2019/2020 Season w/plane tickets: $17,540.00
Grand total for 2019/2020 Season wo/plane tickets: $14,440.00

Next seasons plan are to go to Europe for two to three races if possible.  That will increase the prices, but we need to establish a baseline before we decide to cross the pond.  As you can see, if we had our own sled, we'd only have to worry about freight costs, race fees, vehicles and plane tickets.  This is why sponsors and/or donations is very important to us. 

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We have made it this far with nothing more than grit and our unyielding desire to win. We know we can go even further with strong support behind us, which is why we are excited to have you as part of our support team in the very near future. We hope you have a blessed day/night wherever you may be. 

We appreciate your time and we hope this motivates you to follow your dreams.  We are following our dreams of making it to the Winter Games in China and we know we will fulfill.  Thank you!! WEPA!!!

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    • $100 
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    • $30 
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Fundraising team: Puerto Rican Bobsled Team (3)

Ed Camacho 
Organizer
Raised $470 from 8 donations
Pensacola, FL
Angel Roman Colon 
Team member
Luis Vazquez 
Team member
This team raised $450 from 5 other donations.
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