happen to a professional athlete,” states Professional BMX racer Brandon Meadows. “When I broke my femur for the second time, things seem to go downhill real fast. I just started a family, lost my sponsor, broke my leg, no way to make any money, and it soon came to a realization that it was going to be hard to make ends meet.”
Applicants must apply themselves or via a family member and their case will be reviewed by the five person Fund Committee. If the application is approved, up to 50% of the fund can be released to help with monetary medical obligations.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED. At this time, donations to the fund are welcome and invited. In the past, donations have usually been accepted after a rider is injured or takes ill. With this fund, donations can be made any time, at the donor’s convenience, plus all donations are tax deductible. Plus, donors will have the ability to donate to a specific injured or ill athlete or industry professional directly on the Fund site. “The Joey Bradford Disability Fund is something that our sport needs and to be perfectly honest, something that the sanctions and the riders should have set up a long time ago,” states Jason Richardson, Professional BMX racer. “Please do your part. Supporting this fund can inevitably help secure your very own future. Please take a few minutes to check it out. If you love BMX and are looking for an end-of-the-year tax write-off please donate.”
ABOUT JOEY BRADFORD Joey Bradford has been working and training with USA Cycling and is a candidate for the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic BMX teams. Joey is the proud owner of 14 World Championship BMX titles, 12 National Championship BMX titles and, in MTB, 4 Sea Otter Classic Mountain Cross Championships. Joey is 18 years old, hails from Monterey, California and rides for GT Bicycles.