Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00
Sue Bird, a professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm, was recently selected as one of the top 100 Olympic hopefuls by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Bird was born in Syosset and attended Syosset High School. She previously served on both the 2004 and 2008 women’s Olympic basketball teams, helping to earn a team gold medal in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.
Unlike many national teams, Team USA relies on public donations to help cover costs like training facilities, coaching and equipment, and travel and medical needs. The costs of high performance are significant – this year, the USOC will send more than 600 American athletes to London to compete on the biggest stage in sports. To help support Bird and other members of Team USA, Olympic fans will have the opportunity to purchase a stitch in the flag that American athletes will carry in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the “Raise the Flag” campaign.
Visit www.TeamUSA.org through July 12 to buy a stitch. Each stitch costs $12 and after selecting the number of stitches for purchase, donors will enter their billing and contact information. For their support, donors receive a personal number corresponding to the purchased stitch and a place on the site’s donor wall. Donors can dedicate the stitch to a loved one for display on the wall and also share their support of Team USA with their friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.