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Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation

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.
We are so pleased to announce that Iris Zimmermann, who serves as Vice-President on the GRAAF Board of Directors, will receive the RBJ 40 Under 40 award!
Like an interesting & inspirational speaker at your next meeting or conference? 

Be inspired by Olympic/Paralympic Coach Mike Ingham, a well known silver medal sailing coach, North Sails sail developer, President of GRAAF.  Mike can discuss the path to Silver Medal in RIO and preparations currently underway for the 2020 games in Tokyo, or long time GRAAF Board member Iris Zimmermann, passonate, Olympian, business owner and motovational speaker. Contact GRAAF today!
Your Donation to GRAAF Changes Lives – Here's How
Competing at the Olympic level requires total dedication to a sport. 
All of the funds we raise come from individual donors and 100% of our funds go to the athletes.  Our grants are modest, but every dollar helps.  Athletes training to compete at the Olympic level often give up their main source of income to enable them to train full-time and GRAAF funding helps to provide them needed assistance.
BFF Coach Kroetz
Miranda Melville, Olympian
Bristol Freestyle
Iris Zimmermann, Olympian
Much of my success comes from the Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation's support.  It is hard enough to make an Olympic team just based off of athleticism alone, but when you throw in all the other life and environmental barriers that get in the way, it can feel impossible.

GRAAF has helped abolish some of those barriers in my life. They have helped me towards working to the best of my potential and capabilities. They have made what some deem impossible, so much more realistic.

Due to the support from the GRAAF, 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, Rochester NY, with pride. They have made access to resources, that are necessary for an elite athlete, much more available.

GRAAF has made a large and positive impact on my life. I am incredibly thankful I found such a wonderful organization to help me to grow as an athlete.

Partnership - 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 Winter Olympic Games.

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 6 members on the 2018 US Ski Team. There are only 29 athletes total on the team! This season these 6 athletes will all be competing to represent Rochester, NY by earning a spot on the 2018 US Olympic Team which will compete in Korea!!

GRAAF checks made a direct impact in my life as an Olympic hopeful and then as an Olympian.

What people do not understand is that not all athletes are sponsored by Subway or Nike. Many of us fund our own way to our dreams.

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.
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