Welcome Back to My Rally Campaign
If you're here, you've probably already donated to one of my campaigns -- thank you, and welcome back! If this is your first time contributing -- welcome, glad to have you :)
Quick intro: my name is Nathalie Marchino, I am a member of the Colombian Olympic Rugby team and am currently competing for a spot on their 12-person roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The final roster will be announced on July 15th, but I just moved to Medellin to train with the squad full time until the games.
Why I'm Raising Funds
The team's financial situation is pretty tough. The team relies primarily on sales and donations in order to fund its dream. Most of the players are either students or unemployed in order to focus on their training. The funds would be used primarily to alleviate some of the financial burden off the team and help the players focus solely on training. Every little bit helps! A $150 donation could help pay rent for a month for one girl! $50 could help buy groceries for one month. $25 covers transportation for one girl for one month! We need money for equipment, tape, bandages -- since it's a contact sport! -- and more.
How I Got Here
By unusual means :) I played for the US national team for 7 years, capping my career with a jaw fracture. I decided to retire and used to joke that I would only come back if the Olympics were an option. Not being a US citizen, I thought I was pretty "safe." Until one of my former teammates informed me that Colombia had qualified for the games. Talk about a turn of events! I immediately contacted the coach to ask if they needed experienced players. Now, I have a chance to write an alternate ending to my career. And you have an opportunity to help me attain it!
We're just a bunch of really talented and good-looking women. See for yourself:
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
I have said it many times before, but can't say it enough -- I couldn't do it without your support, and for that, I want to extend a massive thank you to you. You're making it possible for a bunch of girls to reach their Olympic dream, which for many athletes, is a life-long dream. You mean the world to me!
If I can be so audacious as to ask one more thing of you, please share this page with your friends and family so that we can not only reach but exceed our goal.
PS -- Look at those faces, who wouldn't want to support us!