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SBD Global/January 22, 2014/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Crowdfunding Helps Send Jamaican Bobsled Team To Sochi

The Jamaican bobsled team, in just under 24 hours, raised $68,967 for their trip to the Sochi Olympics "through online crowd-funding platforms." Jamaica bobsled team member Winston Watts noted that the team was in need of close to $120,000 "to bankroll its trip to Sochi, pointing to transportation and accommodation, as well as the need for three sled blades as the main expenses" (JAMAICA GLEANER, 1/21). Fundraising site Crowdtilt said that about 70% of the contributions "have come from U.S.-based credit and debit cards in at least 42 states," while around 20% of the contributions "have come from payments of Jamaican origin" (ESPN, 1/20). ... Tokyo is hosting the 8th Youth Leadership Camp of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace. The Youth Leadership Camp gathers 30 participants, ages 18-25 from across the Asian region, that are engaged in the sport for development field and involved with community programs (JOC). 
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