Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will join forces with some of the U.S.’s best winter athletes as an official sponsor of the 2010 U.S. Olympic bobsled and skeleton teams.
“We are very excited about our newest sponsorship with Kampgrounds of America,” said Darrin Steele, CEO of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF). “KOA is a great company and proving to be an enthusiastic partner. The timing of this couldn’t be better as we are in our final push toward the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. We depend on sponsorships like this one with KOA, and it puts us one step closer to reaching our fundraising goal for the season.”
For Kampgrounds of America, the connection to the Olympic movement is a natural, according to a news release.
“KOA is all about pride, franchisee teamwork, excellence and outdoor fun,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “The Winter Olympics bring the world’s elite athletes together to demonstrate the very best in outdoor recreation. Both KOA and the USBSF share a passion for dedication, hard work, competitive excellence and national pride and we are proud to be a member of the USBSF family.”
Oscar Tang, chairman of KOA, is serving as an honorary USA bobsled and skeleton team captain for the Winter Olympics and will attend the Winter Games.
Other team sponsors include Allianz Life Insurance Co., Under Armour Athletic Gear and Luminox Watches.
The team’s final three World Cup events are under way now through Jan. 10 in Konigsee, Germany; Jan. 11-17 at St. Moritz, Switzerland; and Jan. 18-24 at Igls, Austria. Winter Olympic bobsled competition begins Feb. 20 in Vancouver, and the skeleton competition will get under way Feb. 18.
Based in Lake Placid, N.Y., the USBSF is a non-profit corporation and national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. It is recognized by the Federation Internationale ed de Bobsleigh and Tobogganing as well as the United States Olympic Committee. The USBSF is responsible for the selection of the U.S. team, and enables our U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and promotes the sports of bobsled and skeleton nationally.
Kampgrounds of America Inc. is the world’s largest system of family campgrounds, with 475 locations in the United States and Canada. KOA is dedicated to providing the best possible camping experience to the nearly six million campers it hosts each year. KOA was founded in 1962 on the banks of the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont.