Help Get My Kenyan Teammates to Worlds in Cincinnati

There is a group of people who could use your support. The World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA / 14 - 21 of July 2018. I am honored and proud to be playing with KFC - Kisumu Frisbee Club, a team based out of Kisumu, Kenya in East Africa.

As you can imagine, the trip from Kenya to Cincinnati is long and expensive. The local players are reaching out to the ultimate frisbee community and the world for help. That is where you come in. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. You can support the cause by purchasing Team Kenya gear from their website: https://www.kenyaultimate.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Alternatively, there is a GoFundMe page that has been started if you are willing to donate directly to the cause. Again, anything you can spare is appreciated and put to a good cause! More info below:

***100% of all donations go directly to funding the tournament costs of 12 low-income Kenyan-citizen players in WUCC 2018. ***

What we need:
Kisumu Frisbee Club, one of the best ultimate clubs in East Africa, has been awarded a bid to bring a Mixed team to the prestigious 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have fully committed to going, but it is prohibitively expensive for Kenyans, whose average annual income is about $1,200. We need donations in the form of:

1. Money: $27,480 to field a team ($10,000 by March 31st and $17,480 more by May 31st, 2018)
2. Corporate sponsorship
3. Buy our jerseys!
4. Airline miles: Let us use those miles you've been sitting on! American, United, Delta, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, and Air Canada miles can all be used for Nairobi-Cincinnati flights, and we'll handle the flight searching. Send an email to KenyaFrisbee@gmail.com to let us know what kind of miles you can donate.
5. Visibility: Help us spread the word - share our story with your friends, family and team!

Why we need support:
Kenyans' average annual income is 1/25th of Americans': USD $1,200 compared to $31,000. WUCC 2018 is estimated to cost more than twice that, at $2,590 per person:

Player fee: $400
Team fee: $80
Airfare: $1,000 (or $100-300 with help of airline miles)
Visa+fees: $250
Lodging: $360 ($40/night for 9 nights)
Food/drink: $350 ($35/day for 10 days)
Ground transportation: $150
Jerseys+shorts: $0 (thanks @DoubleHappiness!)
Total: $2,590

Kisumu Frisbee Club has 12 low-income players (7 men and 5 women) who need sponsorship, and each sponsored player has pledged to pay $300 (i.e. 3 months' salary) out of her/his own pocket. Therefore we will need $2,290 in support per sponsored player, totaling $27,480.

Where your money goes: 
100% of donations will go directly to the tournament costs for low-income native Kenyan-citizen players. All of the non-Kenyan-citizen players will be covering all of our costs individually. The primary US-based volunteer organizer, Michael McGuirk, will be managing the payment of WUCC player fees, transportation and lodging. If the team is not able to attend WUCC for some reason, all of the campaign funds will go to the Kisumu Frisbee Club to support their future efforts to develop the sport of ultimate frisbee and its community in Kenya.

More about us:
We love Spirit of the Game

We are Kisumu Frisbee Club. Thank you for helping us get to WUCC 2018!

Esther Omuseni (C)
Erick Onyango (C)
Allan Lemtudo
Mercy Mbago
Clement Masakhwe
Terence Ogendo
Michael McGuirk
Catherine Alungwa
Jack Oyando
Winnie Omollo
Kimita Gathii
John Waitumbi
Josphat Nyataya
Benard Nyadida
Rachel Githii
Ronald Ottichilo
Kyle McPheron

 
 

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