Posted Date: October 24, 2015
You can compete in international competition right here in the USA. There are many ways you can be a part.
by Kama Reuschenberg
The USDAA Cynosport Word Games gives American competitors the rare opportunity to compete against other countries without ever having to leave the United States. Every year many International competitors travel to the United States to participate in the highly respected USDAA Cynosport World Games.
The United States Dog Agility Association also sends a team of agility competitors abroad to compete each year in the IFCS World Championships, but the Cynosport World Games is likely the only opportunity America has for most competitors to experience the excitement of competitive agility with some of the very best handler/dog teams in the world.
To continue to grow international agility competitions, we need you to be a part of the USDAA IFCS team by supporting Team USA's fundraising efforts.
How do you support the Team USA?
Visit the team website: While the website does not presently have a merchandise store for you to order Team USA apparel, there is a link to donate directly to the team through PayPal at www.donate2dogsports.org. Your donation is payable to the USACS (United States Association of Cynological Sports), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your donation is fully tax deductible.
Support your local Team Member (or aspiring Team Member): Team Members and aspiring Team Members work hard throughout the year to raise funds for Team USA to travel to the international IFCS competition. Not sure if you know anyone trying for the Team? Check out the list of competitors who have indicated they will be attempting to make the USA Team.
Contact the Team Coach: The Team USA Coach, Rachel Sanders, is dedicated to helping the Team achieve greatness. If you have any questions about the Team or any questions about how you can support Team USA, she is there to answer your questions!
If you are at Cynosport 2015, stop by the Team USA booth. Every year Team USA sets up a booth at the USDAA Cynosport World Games to sell various Team supporter apparel. This year, they have some quality, unique items for purchase. Visit the booth today! Apparel can also be purchased following the event by contacting the team through its web site at www.ifcsteamusa.com.
You can also support Team USA at Cynosport 2015 by stopping by the schooling rings manned by members of the team. The rings are located just outside of the Tennessee Miller Coliseum on the grass. The rings are a great opportunity to get some training time in with dogs who are not entered in the event, or practice some ring criteria for dogs who are entered in the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games. Team USA gets 100% of the proceeds from this activity.
Last but not least, Lure Coursing is also available at the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games outside on grass, and they are contributing 50% of their proceeds to Team USA. So, let your dog have some fun chasing the fake rabbit and support Team USA at the same time!
Dont forget to show your support for Team USA through posts on social media. Team USA loves hearing from their supporters!