Help USA Skaters Reach Olympics

$48,121 of $48,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 43 months
Most of us will never know what it feels like to compete for Team USA at the Winter Olympics...  but we can know how it feels to help some deserving young Americans get their chance.
 
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.  They moved up to the Senior Ranks in 2018 and were named alternates to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team. Now their challenge is to continue rising through the Senior ranks to earn a spot at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. They have the skills, the drive, and the opportunity to make it, but they need your help.

The training costs to compete at this level are daunting - each year it costs them about $70,000 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 few seasons, we've raised over $48,000 from our sponsors and friends. This year, we need to raise another $20,000 to help them ramp up their training to compete against the world's best and keep them on the ice.

Take a moment now to watch their 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 on the Olympic stage. They can't get there without your support.

2016-17 Free Dance:

Rachel & Michael are working harder than ever, and they keep raising their game every season, with better programs and a dedication that is inspiring to everyone who sees them, but they need your help. YOU can make the difference by giving them the financial support they need to continue their training all the way to the Olympic stage.

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

Thank you!

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Rachel & Michael are now in Detroit for the 2019 U.S. National Championships. After a great season on the International Circuit, in which they won their first Senior Grand Prix medal and set new record-high scores, they are excited to take the ice to compete against America's best! Competition starts Friday with the Championship Rhythm Dance, then Saturday's Championship Free Dance.

You can track their scores at: https://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2019/27958/CAT020SEG035.html

NBC Sports Network will be airing portions of the competition: Rhythm Dance will air from
4 – 6 p.m. Friday on NBCSN (Live); and Free Dance is from 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN (Live).

Won't you please take a moment to make a donation to help these great Team-USA athletes continue on their journey. We are so close to our goal this year, your help can make all the difference!

Thank you.
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Rachel & Michael compete tonight in Hiroshima, Japan, at the NHK Trophy, their first Grand Prix assignments of the season. They skate tonight at around 10:45pm EST in the Rhythm Dance event, then Saturday at 9:30pm in the Free Dance.

Both events will be broadcast on NBC television this Sunday, from noon until 1:30pm, so make sure you tune in! And please continue supporting our skaters with a generous online donation today to help us cover their training costs. They're having a great season so far, with four silver medals in their earlier competitions. We'll let you know how they do in Japan.

Thanks so much for your continued support!
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Rachel & Michael are off to a great start so far in their 2018-2019 skating season. With three competitions under their belt, they've brought home three Silver Medals for Team USA. Most recently, at the Lombardia Trophy, in Bergamo, Italy, they set new personal-best scores in both the Rhythm and Free Dance events.

Their season continues this week with their toughest challenge yet, as they compete Thursday and Friday for the Nebelhorn Trophy, in Obertsdorf, Germany.

Won't you please take a moment to support them today with a generous contribution? Now is the time they need your support the most, as they prepare for two Grand Prix events next month. That means even more time on the ice.

Thank you so much for your continuing support for these amazing skaters.

As always, stay tuned for more updates on their progress this year, and thank you again for your support.
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Rachel & Michael are about to launch their 2018-2019 skating season as one of the top Senior Ice Dance teams representing Team USA. Their season starts next week, at the Lake Placid International. Then, they'll travel with Team USA to Germany, Japan and France (and possibly more), taking on the world's best as they prepare for the US National Championships in January, in Detroit. We hope you'll join us in wishing good luck to our skaters!

This is also the time they need your support the most. We hope you will consider a sponsorship contribution today to help launch this new season and defray some of the ever-increasing costs of their training. Please make a generous contribution to help Rachel & Michael get off to a great start to their new season, and, as always, stay tuned for more updates on their progress.

Thank you!
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Raised by 168 people in 43 months
Created October 15, 2015
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NEASF Donors
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NEASF Donors
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Thanks so much! Love the support from all of you.

MC
$1,040
Michigan Chamber Chorale
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Some of the proceeds from their benefit concert to help with Rachel & Michaels' training costs. Others went through NEASF. Thanks to everyone for a beautiful day!

NC
$400
New Baltimore Interfaith Choir
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Amazing support from Rachel & Michael's musical fans in Michigan!

GC
$50
Gerald R. Cichy
3 months ago
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Supporting the Parsons Team!!

$250
Samuel Statland
3 months ago
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ST
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Shannon Troop
3 months ago
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$50
Amy Fradley
3 months ago
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As always, so proud of you guys and good luck!

ND
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New England Amateur Skating Foundation Donors
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Thanks to you all for such wonderful support!

NC
$100
Nancy Curd
4 months ago
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Best of luck!! Your Uncle Jim's enthusiasm is contagious!

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