Vera Schmitz-Elite Pole Vaulter

$8,480 of $15,185 goal

Raised by 43 people in 39 months
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I AM AN ELITE POLE VAULTER  following my dreams.

$16,385- Budget for July 2015-July 2016


Gear and Equipment $1685
Basic needs for training including: 
          Rain gear
          Training clothes

Nutrition and Therapy  $4150
Nutrition and therapy are essential parts of recovery and performance.

         Protein Supplement 

Training Trips and Competitions $9350 
Donations help cover the cost travel for training trips to Altis, elite triainig center, in Phoenix, AZ as well as the numerous competitions throughout the year
          Oversize baggage fee (for poles)
          Rental cars
My Story

You do what? Launch yourself in the air? On purpose?

Yes. I do. I have since I was a little girl. It was my dream, it is my dream, and when I am 90 I will still be dreaming about it. For 15 years I have gotten to pole vault. Over half of my life has been spent sweating my heart out, jumping on poles, and clearing bars. I've had extremely high goals and dreams in those 15 years - some that have come to fruition, some have not. These experiences have taught me that the victory is in the journey, and my passion for this incredible sport continues to grow. In October of 2014, an injury caused a serious setback, and I underwent extensive hip surgery.  I am grinding everyday to do everything possible to be back where I was and then some, but I am not yet where I hope to be. God equips me daily for the task at hand, and I push on. My goals have not changed, they have just gotten a bit tougher. I have gotten tougher with them, and for that I get to feel victory every day. I need the support of those around me more than ever. Join me in my fight. I am committed, all chips in, all hands on deck, working my way to the top. My goal is to jump the Olympic Standard of 14'9" (4.50m), then the Olympic Trials next summer, and finally competing in the Olympics. Please, consider supporting me.

Career Highlights

2012 Olympic Trials Finalist
NCAA National Runner-Up
3x All-American at Indiana University
2x Big Ten Conference Champion
3x Missouri state champion at Jefferson City High School
Former Indiana University and Big Ten Conference Record Holder
2x First Team Academic All-American
Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner
Big Ten Sportsman of the Year
Personal best 4.45m (14'7.25")

How you can help:
1. PRAY that God would give me his strength daily
2. MAKE AN IMPACT by financially supporting my dream.
3. SHARE this page on your social media.
4. FOLLOW my journey at  


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Great news! Today, we reached the $500 mark! This means that with the match, because of the generosity of a few very kind people, this campaign raised over $1000 in just 3 days! Thank you, thank you! I am humbled yet again, and thankful to each individual who helped, and also to God who continues to remind me to trust Him and keep moving forward!
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I am so excited to announce that I have received a generous $500 matching donation! What does that mean? From now until next Monday at 12:00am, any donations that this campaign receives will be matched up to $500. WOW... What a blessing and generous gift! In the meantime, I'll keep bustin' it over here in preparation for my last meet of the season on Sept. 5th in Minneapolis. So grateful to God, and excited for what is to come!
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Over the last 10 days I have had the privelege to compete in Mexico in three meets. I placed well at those meets, and earned $2300 in prize money! That money, along with the generous donations over the last month brings us to 38% of my training fund goal for next year! Big things are happening and I want to thank God for the opportunity, and again thank all of you who have supported me! If you want to read/see more about the meets, check out, new post up tonight.
My first big check!
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Dear friends, I am totally and completely humbled by the support that flooded in over the last few days through donations, sharing, and words of encouragement. What an awesome thing it has been to watch... it pumped me up hugely! Just wanted to let ya'll know we are well on our way, already raising over $2300. Droppin' a line and say thank you.
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$8,480 of $15,185 goal

Raised by 43 people in 39 months
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Created July 2, 2015
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Ted Simpkins
26 months ago

Our favorite pole vaulter!

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Blair Thompson
37 months ago

When you make it to Rio, I'll be there!

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Matching Donation

37 months ago
Heather Horn
37 months ago

Vera- I am rooting for you all the way! Might have to plan a last minute trip to Rio to support in person :)

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