UPDATE: Anthony Ervin has met his $10,000 indiegogo fundraiser goal! Here’s his thank you video:
SwimSwam participated by donating $250 for an Anthony Ervin written SwimSwam-theme song. We will share the song when Anthony delivers.
Below is the first SwimSwam report on Anthony’s fundraiser explaining the details:
Anthony Ervin is not leaving the sport. He’s staying, and he’s bringing all of his creativity to the table to make it happen, but he needs our help.
Indiegogo is one of the go-to sites for individuals raising funds for their endeavors. For Ervin, it’s the 2012 FINA World Cup Series. Ervin is not getting support from USA Swimming as this is an international series. The costs come out of his pocket.
Ervin needs $10,000 in support, and he’s giving back in Ervin-esque style. Go here for details, but one of the cooler items on the table is his “rock ‘n roll themed” World Cup Tour T-shirt:
If Anthony exceeds his $10,000 goal, he will give 50% of the funds over 10k to Mamade, whose “Water to the Thirsty” project is providing clean water to those in the world who need it most.
Here’s the full image of Ervin getting in the World Cup Series mindset from SwimSwam photographer, contributor and artist, Mike Lewis (olavistaphotography.com):
Ervin is in fighting-shape. He recently competed at the 2012 RCP Tiburon Sprint Classic, putting down a 19.61 in the 50 free heats, barely missing the final, a great swim considering the pool was 3 feet deep at one end. In short, expect Ervin to do well on the Would Cup Circuit.
Here’s an image of Ervin in 5th-gear during his Tiburon Sprint races:
Melissa Lundie (melissalundie.com) captured several great photos from the Tiburon competition, which will be included in the 2012 RCP Tiburon Sprint television show (air-date tba in the next 7 days):
Follow Anthony Ervin on Twitter here.
Anthony Ervin is represented by Emily White, founder of Whitesmith Entertainment.
The message directly from the Anthony Ervin Team for the Indiegogo campaign:
Two-time U.S. Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Anthony Ervin is going on tour to compete on the World Cup circuit this fall. However, he needs your help! Watch how you can help Anthony on his journey and find out more details at http://www.indiegogo.com/AnthonyErvin2012.
Half of all funds raised beyond Anthony’s goal will go to the amazing people at Mamade, who are helping to provide clean water to those in the world who need it most.
Thanks so much for the support! — Anthony & Team AE
Video editing by James Holland
Artwork by Frank Zio
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