Your Help Changes Lives – Here's How
The Bristol Freestyle Fund (BFF) was created to support elite Rochester Area Freestyle Skiing Athletes who are Olympic Hopefuls. The funds objective is to collect contributions from the community and distribute 100% of the proceeds directly to the athletes who are working hard towards the next Winter Olympic Games and beyond. This objective mirrors the objective of GRAAF with the only exception being that BFF is dedicated to Winter Olympians. GRAAF and BFF have partnered to help the newly established BFF get off the ground and share resources that will ultimately benefit both GRAAF and BFF
The Rochester area is fortunate to have a total of 5 members on the 2017 US Ski Team. There are only 32 athletes total on the team! This season alone these 5 athletes have the potential of over a combined 50 World Cup starts which should bring significant exposure to both GRAAF and BFF.
Due in a large part to the generosity from GRAAF grants, I am faster than I ever have been, ranked higher in the U.S and in the world than I ever have. I have been able to travel, train, and compete in countries all over the world. They have helped me qualify for multiple USA Track and Field teams, where I have been able to represent my country and my hometown of Rochester NY, with pride. They have made access to resources, that are necessary for an elite athlete, much more available.
The GRAAF has made a large and positive impact on my life. I am incredibly thankful I found such a wonderful organization who support me, help me to grow as an athlete, and follow along with me on my venture to qualifying for the Olympic team.
I used to receive a GRAAF check and it would go directly to paying for my travel expenses, otherwise everything would go onto a credit card.
Training for the Olympics is a full-time job and funding is crucial to being able to make it to the ultimate goal of representing your country in the greatest competition in the world.
About the Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation 501(c)3
Who We Are & What We Believe:
Since 1983 the Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has given almost $340,000 to help athletes reach their greatest potential. We believe everyone who is willing to devote their lives to become a national hero deserves a chance to compete at the highest levels.
Chasing an Olympic dream costs a great deal of time, but also a great deal of money. Coaches, travel, lodging, equipment, trainers, and other expenses add up fast and in the United States hopeful athletes have to pay for their own expenses until they qualify for the Olympic team which can be $20k per year for 4-5 years.
If you are inspired by our vision we encourage you to take action today. Donate and/or sign up to join our list of volunteers. Together we can support the childhood hero of the future.