Justin Murphy and Nate Goodman are 17-year-olds at Montclair High School. They’ve been selected to represent the US in the Junior World Championships at Plovdiv, Bulgaria in August, rowing as a pair. Junior National Team rules require that they bring their coach, Jeremy Michalitsianos. That means paying the costs for all three, which includes airfare, hotel, food, and transportation. They have started a campaign to raise part of the cost.
Jeremy has taught us how to row a pair, a notoriously finicky boat to row. When we were tapped to go to the World Championships, Jeremy didn’t hesitate to cancel his own plans to return home to England (giving up tickets to the Olympics to boot) and head back out in the launch to help us improve. He also gave up his afternoons and has been spending several hours a day putting us through our pieces.
Although a great honor, it is not inexpensive to be a member of the Junior National Team. All three of us are responsible for our own airfare and for a fee to cover room, board, and ground transportation in Bulgaria. Jeremy has also arranged for us to rent a boat overseas–importantly, the same one, a Hudson, we have been training and racing in. As athletes, we must pay our own way. But we’d like to pay for our coach, who has already sacrificed much for our benefit. Here’s the breakdown of the cost:
- Airfare: $1,208
- Hotel, food, transportation: 1,775
- Total: $2,983
Please help us defray the cost of bringing Jeremy to Bulgaria.
If you want to help Justin and Nate and their Coach, you can make a donation here. They’ll reciprocate with some fun swag, such as a postcard from Bulgaria, a World Championship t-shirt, and a BBQ on the boat.