Get Tyler Graff to the Olympics
My name is Tyler Graff. I am a Loveland, Colorado native, having graduated in 2008 from Loveland High School. I currently reside in Ohio as I train for a spot on the United States Olympic Wrestling team, hoping to represent the USA at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
I first took the mat at age four and have loved wrestling ever since. I competed locally for Metro Junior Wrestling League during my younger years and was a four-time State Champion for Loveland High School. I soon after received a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madi- son to continue my passion for wrestling while furthering my education.
While at the University of Wisconsin, I became a four-time All-American at the Division One NCAA Championships. I was also awarded Most Dedicated Wrestler for two years, Most Valuable Wrestler, and Most Passionate Wrestler. I had the opportunity to travel the world and represent the United States in two Junior World Championship tournaments, one in Beijing, China, and one in Istanbul, Turkey. I also competed in one world tournament in Kazan, Russia. I received my degree in Non-profit Business Community Leadership in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin and feel very blessed to have had the opportunities I did while wrestling for the Badger’s program.
In the 2012 Olympic Trials, I placed third, just three spots away from joining the Olympic wrestling team. I used this experience to fuel my later trainings and better myself as a wrestler. As a result, my dream of joining the United States Olympic team is still very much alive. I have committed my time and God-given talent to training and preparing for the next Olympic games. My training combines everyday practice, drills, nutrition, and, most importantly, mindset, keeping my childhood dream of representing the United States of America in the Olympic games in my sight at all times. It is just within my reach.
As an athlete, training for an opportunity this incredible takes a lot of time and hard work. It also requires many financial obligations; travel and lodging, wrestling equipment and tournament fees are only a small portion of the costs required to achieve my goal, and they add up quickly.
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to consider contributing financial support to a home- town boy with big dreams. I would be honored to receive any support you can offer, personally and financially, in order to help me see my dream come true.