PHOENIX, Arizona, October 12. TWO-time U.S. Olympian Anthony Ervin knows that the life of a professional swimmer is a financial struggle. So, when he reached out to the swimming community to help him finance his World Cup circuit trip, fans answered the call. About two weeks ago, he set up a fundraiser through the website Indie Go Go, offering different types of memorabilia to fans in return for donations. He set the fundraising goal at $10,000 -- the amount of travel expenses he charged to his credit card to race the full World Cup circuit. Stops include the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Ervin fans everywhere stepped up big time. In a little more than a week from the start of the campaign, Ervin reached his fundraising goal. The fundraising continues, but from now until the end of the World Cup circuit, half of all additional money raised will go to charity to help provide clean water in developing areas.
Check out the video Ervin released through Swimming World thanking his fans for their continued support.