Help USA Skaters Reach Olympics
Think how great it would feel to help an extremely talented American ice dance team, from a family of modest means, rise to the top of this beautiful but incredibly competitive and expensive sport. Now's your chance!
Rachel & Michael Parsons are the 2017 U.S. and World Junior Champions in Ice Dance. This year, they move up to the Senior Ranks to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, either for 2018 or 2022, depending on how quickly they move up the Senior ranks. They have the skills, the drive, and the opportunity to make it all the way to the Olympics, but they need your help.
The training costs to compete at this level are daunting - over $70,000 a year for ice time, coaching fees, off-ice training, skates, constumes, travel, and more - and since "Team Parsons" is a brother-sister team, there's no "other" family to split these costs with, like most teams have. So it all falls on us and those wonderful friends who help carry the load.
We work day and night to keep them on the ice so they can compete at this level, and we'll keep doing so as long as it takes, but we need some help. It truly does "take a village." Over the last two seasons, we raised a total of $30,000 from our sponsors and friends, and we came up with the rest. This year, we need to raise another $15,000 to help them ramp up their training to compete against the world's best.
Take a moment now to watch last year's Gold-medal-winning Free Dance, and see if you think these amazing young skaters have what it takes to earn the honor of representing this great country.
2016-17 Free Dance:
Rachel & Michael are working hard and keep raising their game, every season, but they need your help. YOU can make the difference by giving them the financial support they need to continue ramping up the intensity of their training this year as they make their big jump to the Senior ranks.
We would be so grateful for any support you could provide and are happy to list our sponsors on Rachel & Michael's official website (if you wish). To learn more about Rachel & Michael, or make a tax-dedictible donation (by check), visit: www.TeamParsons.us
The competition will be televised live on NBC television, starting around 3:00pm (ET) today, so tune in later and cheer them on! And please continue to support TeamParsons with your generous donations.
Their success so far this season, in this important transitional year to the Senior ranks, is only possible with the help of our friends and generous supporters like you. We can't thank you enough.
Go Michael & Rachel! (watch their seasons-best short dance video from yesterday below -- and tune in at 3:00pm today to watch them live on national TV)