My name is Jamey Parks and I am contacting you in hopes of obtaining your financial support not only for the upcoming World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Russia in August, but also for future opportunities in the sport of paracanoe. These opportunities relate to training and ongoing competition at the local, national, and international levels, including the potential to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have been training hard this year and recently earned a spot on the US National Paracanoe Team, qualifying at the 2014 Lake Placid International Regatta. I am determined to continue with my training and honorably represent the USA!
Goals are things that I have had to achieve since my accident in February 1999. After being struck by an automobile while walking on the freeway, I faced an uncertain fate and future. Luckily, by the grace of God, I survived a high left leg amputation, cardiac arrest, kidney dialysis, and near paralysis. Since then, I have learned to walk on my prosthetic leg, earned a Bachelor’s and M.B.A. degree, got married, had children, and started my own business. I have endured 35 surgeries, always knowing that there is still much for me to give and accomplish in this world.
I started paddling in 2005 and was on a 6-person team that won a gold medal at the 2006 World Sprint Championship in New Zealand. I competed again on a team at the World Sprints in 2008 and won two silver medals. After the Sprint Championships in 2008, I settled into my career and took a break from paddling. My wife and I now have three children and see this extraordinary development in our lives as a dream worth pursuing.
Now I am competing individually in the sport of paracanoe. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity, and am committed to achieving the goals related to being a world-class athlete. I appreciate your willingness and dedication to support my dreams financially, and I promise to give you my best efforts while representing TEAM USA! Thank you in advance for your consideration.