Jamaican Bobsled Team Competing in Winter Olympics Thanks to Crowdsourcing

It's like the 21st Century version of the hit film 'Cool Runnings,' (or déjà vu of the real-life Jamaican bobsled team from the 1988 Winter Olympics). The current 2-man bobsled team from Jamaica qualified to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but couldn't afford to go.


Instead of giving up on their dream, driver Winston Watts and breakman Marvin Dixon turned to Devon Harris, one of the original members of the 1988 Jamaican Winter Olympics bobsled team (the exact team that, in fact, inspired the Disney movie Cool Runnings). 

Thanks to this wonderful thing we have now called the Internet, the bobsled team was able to raise funds to go to the Olympics. They used a crowdsourcing website called CrowdTitl to raise $129,899.17 in less than a week, according to The BIg Lead. That's nearly 50 K more than their asking goal of $80,000!

We are giving major props to the people who were generous enough to donate to the bobsled team, and make Winston and Marvin's Olympic dreams come true. Now they can make their country proud at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and have a fighting chance at bringing home the gold.

Thanks to those generous donaters, we're inspired to help make more dreams come true. With websites including GoFundMe, CrowdTilt, and KickStarter, it's super easy to log on and check out all the causes for which people are raising money. If you can spare five dollars here, 10 dollars there, it may not seem like a lot -- but it will make all the difference to those in need.  

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