Help Team USA bring home the gold this summer
Most of us won’t ever become Olympians, but we stand behind those who are and who represent our country.
The U.S. Olympic Committee’s unique fundraising program, Raise Our Flag, gives you the chance to show your support for the athletes at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
For $12, you can provide a stitch to the American flag that athletes will take to games this summer. (Buy 10 stitches and receive a genuine American flag.) Where does the money go? Unlike athletes from other countries, Team USA receives no government funding and relies on our support. With every donation, Team USA is provided with housing, training and equipment. So far there are 4, 697 stitches and counting. California is in the lead with 683 stitches, followed by New York with 611 stitches.
“As an Olympian who has walked in the Opening Ceremony and watched the American flag rise over the medal stand, I can tell you just how much our country’s flag and the support of our fans means to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes,” said gold medalist Allyson Felix (track & field: 2008) in a release. “Raise Our Flag is a great way for fans of Team USA to celebrate their support and know that they are helping our current and future Olympians and Paralympians achieve their dreams.”
Raise Our Flag by the numbers:
- 20 stitches equal one pair of boxing gloves.
- 20 stitches provide a month of meals for one athlete.
- 125 stitches provide starting blocks for the USA Swimming Team.
- 1,600 stitches needed for full set of weights.
“The Raise our Flag campaign gives every American the opportunity to show their support for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams in a meaningful way while having a direct, positive impact on the athletes,” said Scott Blackmun, CEO, the United States Olympic Committee, in a release. “This program invites every American to become a member of the team behind the team.”
Go to Raiseourflag.teamusa.org to donate before July 12. Also, poke around the site, check out the donor wall, and hear stories from Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls about who they attribute their success to.
Go Team USA!