New Data: Over $750,000 Raised on GoFundMe for Rio Athletes’ Training and Travel Expenses

As the games in Rio kick off, GoFundMe today released new data about athletes turning to online fundraising for training and travel expenses. To date, more than 140 campaigns have raised over $750,000 from over 7,700 donors for training and travel expenses for the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“More and more, athletes and sports teams — from Little League players on up to world-class champions — rely on GoFundMe to rally their communities for support. This easy way to raise funds helps athletes of all ages and abilities to keep their focus on training and competing,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “With the world turning its eyes to Rio, we’re inspired by the thousands of GoFundMe donors supporting these athletes as they compete and work to make their dreams come true.”

Earlier this year, GoFundMe created a dedicated hub to help facilitate fundraising for the athletes’ campaigns. Below you will find a few of the inspiring stories about local communities from all around the world coming together to support their athletes on their journey.

People Magazine: Uber Driver Will Watch His Son Compete in the Rio Olympics After Passenger Raises Money for His Trip

USA Today: Friends, strangers help pave Jeremy Taiwo’s road to Rio

Business Insider: Australian athletes are using crowdfunding campaigns to get to the Rio Olympics

Charleston Post and Courier: Raven Saunders’ family raising money for trip to Rio Olympics