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USA Rhythmic Group Fund

$9,760 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Created January 11, 2019
Fundraising team
on behalf of Thomas Connor
HELP GET TEAM USA RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS GROUP TO THE DREAM OF THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS!!!


OUR BACKSTORY

The athletes of the USA Group National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics need your financial help to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! For those who don’t know, rhythmic gymnastics is one of three Olympic gymnastics sports, and one of the only all-female Olympic sports. It is a unique and extremely difficult combination of dance, gymnastics, apparatus coordination, strength, elegance, and flexibility. We are in the Group division, where multiple gymnasts work together in a routine at the same time requiring extreme focus, coordination, and synchronicity. Our team has been training and competing together around the world at various Grand Prix, World Cups, and World Championships representing the USA for two years. The team consists of eight girls: Daria Baltovick, Isabelle Connor, Connie Du, Yelyzaveta Merenzon, Matylda Marszalek, Elizaveta Pletneva, Nicole Sladkov, and Kristina Sobolevskaya, along with our incredible coach Margarita Mamzina.

These past two years our team has been extremely successful: we have won multiple gold and silver medals at the 2017 and 2018 Pan American Championships, qualified to various finals at World Cups and Grand Prix, and produced highest-in-US-history rankings and scores at World cups, Grand Prix, and World Championships. We are now in the Olympic qualifying year, and hope to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In order to compete at this elite level, our entire team has made life-altering sacrifices. Several of our girls have moved across the country in order to train together. Some only could come with one parent, forcing families to split up state to state and pay for multiple residencies. We have had to adapt our schooling, sometimes missing weeks of classes at a time, be homeschooled, or put off college. These and many more sacrifices had to be made in order to have a team made up of the best athletes for the Olympics.

WHY WE NEED YOR HELP

Given USAG’s current situation, they are unable to fully fund our team. Though we are of course exceedingly grateful for the help and opportunities they provide us this is the 2020 Olympic qualification year! We need to attend more international competitions and more training camps in better facilities in order to compete with all the other countries who have government funding, salaries, and state-of-the-art facilities. There is no additional financial help available from USAG or any sponsors to cover the expenses of training six days a week, 52 weeks a year including tuition, matching training apparel, apparatus, and leotards. This coming year will be especially difficult as the athlete’s families must either partially or fully self-fund all competitions and training trips (14+) leading up to and between the Pan American Games and World Championships. Help us get there! Many of us have trained for years to get this opportunity and we’re not giving up now!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Any donation would be extremely appreciated. Even if you are unable to donate, PLEASE share this page online on your facebook, instagram, twitter and any other social media platforms and also send it to as many people as possible. Please help get this page exposure so we can continue our road to the 2020 Olympics!
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GoFundMe Update:
After First Half of Season: в

Hello everyone! We have completed approximately half of our season, and we would like to thank all of you who shared or interacted with this page, and especially those who generously donated. We have been so amazed by the support those in and outside the rhythmic community have given us. Every single donation we received helped our families in our journey so far, and we have put forward our best effort to make every dollar go as far as possible. With approximately $8,000 of the $9,000 we collected we have paid for unfunded travel and lodging at the Olympic Training center for training, stays in hotels and meals at competition that were not covered, plus we were able to purchase matching apparel. Thus far we have travelled to France, Italy, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Spain for World Cups and Grand Prix. With all of your support, we have had some incredible success: we have continued to break our highest score record, which currently sits at a 22.25. We have made three World Cup finals and two Grand Prix finals. So far our highest finishes were tying for 4th place for balls and being 6th AA in World Cup Guadalajara, Spain, and finishing 5th in the balls final for World Cup Sofia, Bulgaria. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, but we know we can do better and are working incredibly hard to reach our ultimate 2020 Olympic dreams.

Coming into this year and starting this page we underestimated the expenses that would be needed from our families, and the remainder of our season is proving to be extremely difficult to afford. We have at least one more training camp, which is entirely self-funded and will cost at least $9,000 for the team. We are frequently asked last minute to pay for things our federation cannot afford, such as travel and stay for our additional training camps. We also have been wearing used competition leotards that are 4 years old. We need a new set of competition leotards for the rest of the season which will cost over $6,000. There may also be more expenses for the five remaining competitions.

We really need all of the help we can possibly get, as several of our girls simply cannot figure out how to afford the rest of the season. Any donations of any amount really help us tremendously and if you are unable to donate, please share. We cannot reiterate enough how grateful we are for those who have continued to help us in our difficult but wonderful journey. Thank you everyone, HEY HEY USA LET’S GO ALL THE WAY!
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$9,760 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Created January 11, 2019
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on behalf of Thomas Connor
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