Red Card To Racism - Send Idaho Juniors FC to the USA Cup!

For: Idaho Juniors FC
Boise, ID
Organizer: Nachiket Karnik
Red Card To Racism - Send Idaho Juniors FC to the USA Cup! (Idaho Juniors FC)
of $24,000 goal
50% Complete
Raised by 220 donors

The Story

A soccer coach in Idaho gets a racist note that uses vile slurs to denigrate the boys on his team.

Our first reaction was outrage which quickly morphed into a desire for action. The boys in Idaho Juniors FC (IJFC) need to see that for every coward writing racist notes, there are thousands of us who are ready to give a red card to racism and support those different than us.We're fundraising to bring the kids of Idaho Juniors FC to Minnesota so they can participate in the USA Cup.

The USA Cup (held in Blaine, Minnesota between July 17 - 21) is a prestigious youth soccer tournament that brings together teams from around the globe. We want the kids of IJFC to meet their counterparts from all over the world and play in this tournament. Jeromy Tarkon, the President of Idaho Juniors FC has accepted our proposal. After crunching the numbers, we have come up with a fundraising goal of $24,000 that will allow us to bring IJFC to the USA Cup.

Your donation of any amount will help us bring Idaho Juniors FC to the USA Cup! Please give towards our goal by clicking the 'Donate Now' button. Will you contribute?

What does the fundraiser cover?

Our fundraising budget covers airfare, tournament registration fees, room & board in the tournament dorm, a visit to a Minnesota United FC game, laundry during the tournament and shipping/luggage fees necessary for a soccer team traveling between states. We are reaching out to organizations that could sponsor or subsidize parts of these expenses; if this outreach is successful, we will send an update and reduce our fundraising goal accordingly. Any additional funds we raise in excess of our goal will be given to an accredited charity selected in conjunction with Jeromy Tarkon, director of Idaho Juniors FC.

Who will be traveling from Idaho for the tournament?

Idaho Juniors FC will bring a team of 16 U-11 boys players, 3 coaches and 2 additional adult chaperones. The total cohort will be 21 travelers.

Who is organizing this fundraiser?

Two soccer fans like you who wanted to inspire the kids of IJFC:

Nachiket Karnik - I'm a marketing professional in Saint Paul, MN. Soccer is my happy place and I'd like to have it play that role for others too! I absolutely love how the sport brings together people with otherwise disparate backgrounds.

Bridget McDowell - I am a health club manager and soccer blogger based in St Paul, MN. This game's universal appeal, and its ability to bring together people of all walks of life, drew me in. Finding a second family in the stands and the soccer community has made me a fan for life. I want to share this game's unifying power any way I can.

My company/organization wants to participate with a group donation or sponsorship of another sort. What can we do?

We'd love to hear your ideas for how you would like to be involved. Please use the 'Contact Organizer' link below to get in touch and Nachiket will respond right away.

What will happen to funds raised beyond that needed by Idaho Juniors FC at the USA Cup?

After the team has finished their trip to the USA Cup, any additional funds left over will be donated to an accredited charity picked in conjunction with Jeromy Tarkon of Idaho Juniors FC. 

What happens if you fall short of they money needed to bring IJFC to Minnesota?

We're confident we'll hit our fundraising goal. But, in the event we do fall short, the contingency plan is to use the funds to send Idaho Juniors FC to a regional tournament (or tournaments) where the overall cost of attendance is lower. Help us make sure we don't have to use this contingency plan by making your donation of any amount!

Will you send us updates?

Yes! YouCaring allows us to send updates to donors which we plan to do all the way through the end of the USA Cup. We also plan to send updates via Twitter and Facebook accounts created specifically for this fundraiser.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2018

Posted on February 14, 2018

We’re a quarter of the way to bringing IJFC to the USA Cup! 

With the support of 105 incredible donors and an average donation of $37, we’ve hit 25% of our fundraising goal in just one week! 

This fundraiser was begun to make a powerful statement against racism and the amazing support we’re seeing for that mission has been humbling. 

What’s next? 

Let’s keep up the momentum by telling our friends and family about this fundraiser. Let them know that you want to help these kids overcome a bully’s abuse and want to give them an experience they’ll never forget!  

If just 105 donors could get us to 25% percent in one week, with your help spreading the word, we'll be able to hit our goal in no time!

IJFC President Jeromy Tarkon also sent this note to post with our update:

Family and Friends,You have made my day!

As I was sitting in my office today, I was thinking of how truly lucky the Juniors are.  The overwhelming amount of love and support we have received is truly rewarding.  I have been thinking of what to say and I do not think there is anything that I can say that will truly define how grateful we are.  From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

The Idaho Juniors were shocked when Nachiket emailed us with information of what they wanted to do for our boys and their families.  It is because of you all that we have already made 25% of the fundraising goal.  Most of you are strangers and have never met any of us.  Regardless, you still gave to us.  This is something that we will never forget.  Your generosity goes beyond the game of soccer.  It is because of you that our kids will experience something that they will never forget.

Thank you!  You all have made a difference in the lives of several kids within our program.  You are giving them memories that they will cherish forever.  More importantly, they will always remember how truly loved they are.

Your kindness and generosity means the world to us. 

Thank you again! 

With gratitude, 

Jeromy Tarkon

Idaho Juniors FC


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