Ashley Van Ryn wrote -
Our ultimate dream is for USA Team Handball to be standing on the podium in Rio at the 2016 Olympics, but we need YOUR help to get us there! Be a part of this incredible journey and click the orange "Donate" button to contribute today (it takes less than a minute)! Your donations will directly support the athletes in their travel costs related to handball. Every little bit helps, and did we mention donations are tax-deductible?! It's a Win-Win! Thanks in advance for supporting this American Dream! :)
MY STORY with USA TEAM HANDBALL:
I had a little experience with team handball thanks to middle school PE classes, but didn't grasp the sport until I joined the team at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At first, playing was just recreational until a Team USA scout spotted me at a tournament and planted the seeds of playing for the national team. At the end of 2010, I put on the USA jersey for the first time in an event in Cuba. Since then, I have had the privilege of playing all over the world in Central America, North America, and Europe.
Since November, I have been in Auburn, Alabama with the team in a residency program to train full-time for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Being an Olympian is an incredible opportunity that I never imagined would be in my future until I joined the national team. But for me, my aspirations don't end with 2016 Brazil. Working my way up to the professional league is my second goal, where I can compete in Europe with the best players in the world. Therefore, I am moving to Paris to train alongside a second division club this fall in hopes of getting a semi-pro contract.
I have quit my job and am moving across the world to follow my dream. I know that not everyone can do the same, but I would love to have you come alongside me and share in the dream as well! Any donation would help offset the costs of living, travel, and training. Any little bit helps and we appreciate any help we can get! Thanks for reading!
Team USA is not funded by the government and completely relies on private donations and sponsorships. Support the USA Team Handball National Teams now by clicking the orange "Donate" button to the right of the page! Let's travel the Road to Rio together!!