USA Luge athletes team up with Folds of Honor in fundraising effort
by Lauren Howe
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Five members of the USA Luge National Team have partnered with Folds of Honor. The athletes who agreed to help raise funds are Brittney Arndt, Summer Britcher, Zack DiGregorio, Dana Kellogg, Chris Mazdzer and Emily Sweeney.
Folds of Honor gives scholarships to the families of those who perished or were disabled in military or first response situations. Scholarships are typically valued at approximately $5,000, which also serves as the fundraising goal for each athlete.
“We are so excited to have USA Luge athletes fundraising for the Folds of Honor this year,” said Jenner Kreifels, regional development officer, Folds of Honor. “Their emphasis on valuing the responsibility of connecting Americans to a movement larger than us all is apparent in their efforts here to help raise life-changing scholarships for our American heroes.”
To donate, please visit one or all of the following athlete pages:
Brittney Arndt (Park City, Utah), World Cup medalist: https://tinyurl.com/f597rnsx
Summer Britcher (Glen Rock, Pa.), five-time World Cup winner and three-time Olympian: https://tinyurl.com/mw5nkptw
Zack DiGregorio (Medway, Mass.) 2022 Olympian and 2023 Under 23 World Champion in doubles with Sean Hollander: https://tinyurl.com/2r9t7d69
Dana Kellogg (Chesterfield, Mass.) A National Guard member in his fourth year of service, doubles athlete with Frank Ike: https://tinyurl.com/2ea7fc5e
Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 2018 Olympic silver medalist: https://tinyurl.com/2rwmcbx3
Emily Sweeney (Lake Placid, N.Y.) Served over six years in the Army National Guard, four years active duty, 2019 World Championship bronze medalist and two-time Olympian: https://tinyurl.com/bdhfb75d
“USA Luge is honored to be associated with Folds of Honor. They are a world-class organization with a mission that is extremely honorable,” said Gordy Sheer, director of marketing and sponsorship for USA Luge. “I’m also very impressed by the initiative of our athletes and wish them the best in their efforts. I also welcome our fans and supporters to be a part of this important campaign.”
If you are interested in creating a matching donation program, please reach out to email@example.com.
The campaign began on Flag Day (June 14) and will end on Labor Day of this year.
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About Folds of Honor:
It began with Lt Col Dan Rooney’s flight home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he became painfully aware of the realities families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. As his flight landed, the pilot announced they carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board. Lt Col Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family on the tarmac. Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob. Since that night, Lt Col Rooney has committed his life to rallying patriotic Americans and meeting sacrifice with hope through the Folds of Honor. Since 2007, the foundation has provided life-changing scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled military. And as of September 11, 2022, the mission expands to the families of America’s first responders. On the Folds of Honor’s watch, those who protect our freedoms, and our families will know they are not forgotten.
About USA Luge:
USA Luge was founded in 1979 to recruit, develop, train and support athletes to represent the United States in all international competitions, including Olympic, World Championship and World Cup events. The organization is charged with promoting and growing the sport domestically, in addition to helping our athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence with the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
For more information on the Fastest Sport on Ice®, log on to www.usaluge.org