U.S. Figure Skating to Launch First-ever Mobile Giving Campaign

-Donations to benefit the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund-

(1/28/11) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today its first-ever mobile giving campaign, set to debut Friday, Jan. 28, as part of the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. On Friday evening, U.S. Figure Skating will invite ticket holders to make donations with their mobile phones to the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, which provides financial support annually to competitive figure skaters.

Through widgets on Facebook and the U.S. Figure Skating website, donors are able to enter their mobile numbers online and donate to the Memorial Fund. U.S. Figure Skating will make the widgets available to figure skating clubs throughout the country for posting on their sites after the conclusion of the 2011 U.S. Championships.

The mobile campaign will launch immediately following the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame induction and in-arena recognition.

To donate $10, text SKATE to 50555. Donors will be asked to reply with YES to confirm their mobile donations.*

The sole inductee of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is the 1961 U.S. World figure skating team, whose 18 athletes, along with 16 additional coaches, U.S. Figure Skating officials and family members, perished when Sabena Flight 548 crashed outside of Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 15, 1961, on the way to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

The Memorial Fund was established following the tragedy, as the outpouring of support that came shortly after the tragedy included monetary donations.

Since the Fund's inception, millions of dollars have been awarded, helping thousands of U.S. skaters to achieve their goals on and off the ice. Past recipients include Olympic champions Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek.

*A one-time charge will be added to the mobile bill or deducted from the prepaid account. Message and data rates may apply. Full terms and conditions are available at mgive.org/T.