In 2013, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) looked to increase philanthropic support for Team USA athletes and programs by launching the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (USOPF). The USOPF is a separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization now serving as the primary source of philanthropic resources for the Olympic and Paralympic movement in the United States. All funds generated by the USOPF are transferred to the USOC as the sole beneficiary of the foundation. Although the Olympic and Paralympic Games are held once every 4 years, these athletes sacrifice years of training and hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout their lives for the chance to represent these United States on the world stage. Support from individuals as well as corporation’s is crucial in helping the many athletes involved to manage the costs associated with their Olympic/Paralympic endeavor.
The USOPF is headquartered in Colorado Springs and led by (President) Jon Denney, who also serves as the USOC’s Chief Development Officer. Supporting the USOPF and its staff is the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees, headed by (Chairman) Gordon Crawford. Unlike most National Olympic Committees, the USOC does not receive federal funding for its Olympic programs, it relies on the generosity of the American public to help our Team USA athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world.
Earlier this month on Thursday, November 5, a gathering of supporters and athletes representing the USOPF were present at Daniels Fund headquarters, 101 Monroe St. in Denver, looking to attract more sponsors who can help generate crucial financial resources allowing the USOC to make investments in areas that promote excellence and innovation for Team USA, both on and off the field of play. Charlie Huebner, Vice President of Paralympic Development, introduced special guests Missy Franklin (swimming), Justin Widhalm (cycling) and Golden Gloves/USA Boxing champion Christina Cruz, recognizing each for their sporting achievements. Huebner then read short bio’s on each of these 3 amateur athletes who personify the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, highlighting their specific achievements.
Of particular note was the inspirational background of paralympic cyclist Justin Widhalm, him a former U.S. Army Sniper injured while serving in Iraq where concussions from 12 IEDs caused a traumatic brain injury, a broken back and broken feet (suffered after a harrowing fall from a helicopter), just a few of the numerous injuries Justin suffered while serving his country. Justin Widhalm an 8-time Medalist U.S. Para Track Cycling Nationals, a 6-time LA Para Track Cycling Open Champion, and a U.S. National Champion.
In attendance and representing the Colorado Golden Gloves were Jess Mora (Chairman) and wife Julie Mora, E. Paul Kelly, Jr. (Vice-Chairman), Carmen Beall (Treasurer) and Bruce Klein (board member). The Colorado Golden Gloves has a long standing relationship with Daniels Fund, the late Bill Daniels and his Daniels Fund organization widely recognized by many as the leading supporter of amateur student athletes in the Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah area’s for quite some time. Boxing was a major passion of the late Bill Daniels who owned/operated the Denver Rocks professional boxing team and was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall-of-Fame in 1998.
For more information: USOPF and Daniels Fund
The 2nd Annual Don Jose Sulaiman Invitational Boxing Show will be held on Saturday, December 12, at the Colorado Golden Gloves Boxing Gym, 6161 W. 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Don Jose Sulaiman passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on, this tournament organized to afford amateur boxer’s the opportunity to shine. ALL FUNDS generated from this event go directly to help support the Colorado Golden Gloves amateur boxing program. Any and all donations are tax deductible with bronze level ($250), silver level ($500) and gold level ($1,000) sponsorship available and appreciated. The deadline for athlete’s to sign up was Friday, November 20 but you may contact E. Paul Kelly, Jr. at 720-422-3015 for further inquiry. Send checks payable to: Colorado Golden Gloves, in care of: Stephen Blea, 4200 Alcott St., Denver 80211. For any other information or donatons, contact Stephen Blea by cell: 303-292-0490, work: 303-223-5370 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org