Renton native Jeremy Taiwo has had to raised money to finance his Olympic dream. He's now won an extra $10,000 from GoFundMe after he topped a competition to see which Rio-bound athlete could raise the most money in the span of a month
Money has not come by easily for Rio-bound former UW track athlete Jeremy Taiwo. The Renton native has spoken passionately about how difficult it is for decathletes to raise money to support themselves while training because their sport isn’t as glamorous as some of the other disciplines in track and field, and at one point, he had to move home to live with his parents and made only about $15,000 a year while training to fulfill his his Olympic dream. To get himself to the Olympic trials this year, he had to start a crowdfunding effort on GoFundMe.
Things are looking up for Taiwo, however.
Last month, Taiwo finished second in the decathlon at U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. to qualify for his first Olympics.
This week, Taiwo will pocket an extra $10,000 from GoFundMe. The crowdfunding platform announced Wednesday morning that Taiwo is the winner of GoFundMe’s first-ever fundraising competition for Olympians who used the site to raise money to fund their training as they prepped for the Olympics this August in Rio de Janeiro.
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GoFundMe pledged to award an extra $10,000 to the athlete who raised the most money through its site between June 27 and July 25.
Taiwo raised $33,890 via his GoFundMe page to top all Rio-bound athletes who used the site for their fundraising efforts. According to a GoFundMe press release, as of Wednesday morning, nearly 7,000 donors had donated more than $600,000 to over 140 GoFundMe campaigns for athletes competing in Rio.
“I’m thrilled that a dedicated, world-class athlete like Jeremy Taiwo has won this GoFundMe competition,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said in a press release. “To attain his level of athletic achievement in the face of financial challenges takes tremendous sacrifice, hard work, and community support. Campaigns like Jeremy’s show what GoFundMe is all about: empowering people to help people achieve their dreams.”
Taiwo was thrilled when he found out he’d won an extra $10,000 to help with his Olympic campaign.
“It takes a village to raise a decathlete, and I am so proud to be a part of this community, and for the continued support from my home state of Washington, for making this all possible,” Taiwo said.
The amount of funds Taiwo raised via GoFundMe was more than double the amount raised by second-place finisher, Oregon football star and hurdler Devon Allen, who has raised $16,225. Deanna Marie-Price, a hammer thrower who netted $15,623, finished in third place.