You've been a source of supportive presence in my life, and I'm writing both to share some news and to invite your help.
Ultimate has been a huge part of my life in recent years. I started playing in high school at Carolina Friends School and am about to enter my fourth year of playing at UNC Chapel Hill for UNC Darkside. I'm currently playing summer club for Raleigh Ring of Fire. I have also really enjoyed coaching local middle school, high school, and youth club teams as a way to give back to my local ultimate community.
I have been fortunate enough to be a part of some of the most highly regarded programs at various levels, and to have played for some of the best coaches in the game. Darkside has made it to the final four in each of my three years on the team, winning the Nationals in 2015, and I will serve as Captain for a second time this coming season. Coaching and playing ultimate have become my greatest passions of these past few years, and I'm very excited for my next adventure.
I have been selected to represent the United States in Perth, Australia at the World Under-24 Ultimate Championships in January 2018.
The majority of the financial burden for this competition falls on the players, and while I have been able to cover about half of the cost of the trip so far, any help with the second half would be greatly appreciated!
I've included a list of some of the various costs that make up my campaign:
- Tournament Room
- Tournament Food
- Player Fee
- Travel to and from Australia
- Training week room and board in Australia
- Training weekend room and board in Atlanta
All of these total to roughly $3200-$3800 USD.
I hope to have met my financial goal by November 4th, when I meet my teammates in Atlanta for our first team training camp.
Admittedly, I am reluctant to ask for financial support , especially given that I know this opportunity is a privilege. I'm not off to a foreign country to help change the world, but instead simply following my passion. That said, I want the people who have encouraged and otherwise supported me, including you, to be aware. If you're also in a position to help me make it happen, I'll be additionally grateful. And if you have a chance to share my campaign, that would also be extremely helpful.
Thank you for all of the support in many forms that you've already given me, and thank you for considering this!
- Bridget Johnson
- Mike DeNardis
- Bob and Jennifer Driscoll
- Joshua Hartzog
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