Support USA Luge on Giving Tuesday
by Lauren Howe
Funding to help athletes become the best in the world
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. –USA Luge has joined Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Generosity that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate giving worldwide. This is the fifth year USA Luge has participated in Giving Tuesday.
As the global environment changes so does the costs associated to become the best luge athletes in the world. In the past year, hotel costs have soared more than 50 percent, and the rising costs of oil, airfare, and ground transportation to and from competitions has immensely increased. Additionally, as technological research and development remain vital to an athlete’s success, spending is expected to increase as we near the 2026 Olympic Games.
Unlike some other nations that are fully supported by their government, our athletes must depend on the generosity of our sponsors, partners, fans, and their families to get the podium. The need to raise funding for the luge athletes is critical!
The goal toraise $15,000 in one day to begin our annual fundraising campaign, which has a goal of $140,000.
Your support will help recruit, develop, train and support athletes to represent the United States at luge competitions around the world, including World Cup, World Championship and Olympic events.
“Huge shoutout to all our amazing fans, friends, families and sponsors who help support us,” said Sean Hollander of Lake Placid, a 2022 Olympian who with men’s doubles teammate Zack DiGregorio of Medway, Mass., will be racing this season. “We truly couldn’t do it without you! Hopefully, some of you will be able to catch us race in North America in person this December!” DiGregorio added, “It’s great to have all the support and hope we can show them a great season that we have worked so hard for.”
Pre-season testing for the DiGregorio/Hollander team has gone well as World Cup action begins this weekend, December 3-4 in Innsbruck, Austria. The circuit will return to the U.S. for the first time since 2019 for the EBERSPÄCHER World Cup on December 16-17 in Park City, Utah. World Championships are slated to take place in Oberhof, Germany on January 27-29, 2023.
Join us on Giving Tuesday to support our athletes by donating at https://bit.ly/GivingTuesdayLuge.