***UPDATE 1/19: Wow, you guys are AMAZING! I can't believe we've already raised $16,237/$80,000! In under 24 hours you've tilted this and gotten the Jamaican Bobsled team so much closer to Sochi. :) I've been in touch with the Crowdtilt team and they've confirmed that they are in touch with Chris Stokes and Winston Watts, and will handle the disbursements of the funds directly to the Jamaican Bobsled team. Keep up the good work -- let's get these guys to the Olympic games!!!
You might have seen this wild story—maybe cooler than "Cool Runnings"—that Jamaica's under-funded 2-man bobsled team just qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. But they don't have enough cash to get to the Olympics, according to Winston Watts, the dedicated team captain who has been self-funding their efforts. So they're looking for any way possible to fund their trip to Sochi. And right now, they're at zero.
With no support from the Jamaica Olympic Association or private investors, Watts has been struggling to get the team ready. He's even been using his own private savings to fly the team to the US for qualifiers. From Watts himself: "I just about get by financially. Beg, scrape, it’s hard. I’ve got headaches a lot of times man, believe you me..."
At 46, Winston would be the second-oldest bobsled pilot in Olympic history, and this is the year for his team to make it. Let's help this historic team reach their Olympic dreams. There's only a few days to help get them to Sochi. I just pitched in $100. If you support the team, please chip in whatever you can.
For any donors that give over $50, I'll print and send a special limited-edition t-shirt, just for supporters of this campaign.
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Update: Crowdtilt has verified this campaign on Twitter, and will directly distribute the funds raised to the Jamaican Bobsled team: https://twitter.com/Crowdtilt/status/424723407121285120
Update #2: Franz Hoilett, the founder of I am a Jamaican, has let the Jamaican Bobsled team know about our grassroots fundraiser! Here are some relevant links to follow the team and movement:
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