A Helping Hand for Olympians in Need

It takes sacrifice, discipline, and hard work to win a spot on the United States Olympic Team. If you can make the Team, chances are you can make it through many of life's toughest moments. Sometimes even the most iron-willed are overwhelmed.

That's why in 1999 athletes like you established the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund. The Fund provides monetary assistance to Olympians who have exhausted their reserves --physically, financially, and otherwise -- in attempting to recover from accidents, natural disasters, long-term illnesses, or injuries.


If you are an Olympian or know of an Olympian in need please go to the Contact Us page or Grant Process page. Please provide as much information as possible.


Update on OORF recipient Sandor Rivnyak (Team Handball, 1972, 1976) Sandor had successful surgery on his eyes and he can now see! His teammates and friends have helped him every step of the way and this endearing video shows his gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a role in making it happen. It does take a village!

Hello All, Sandor came to the practice last night with Laszlo. Attached is a video of Wayne Naylor and myself filming Sandor's thank you to all of you for your support, thoughts and prayers. Hes seeing good now, and somehow he's determined what % of his sight he has back 40% inside and 50% outside, but it seems like 100% to all of us! He will be going back to the eye doctor soon after all is healed to be tested to see if he needs glasses etc. He is thrilled and tells anyone he sees about his journey from almost total darkness to being able to see again. I hope the video is viewable, Im no expert at this. Thanks to all of you for a great team effort. All the best, ~Harry

The USOC’s "Sportswoman of the year" in 1975 is now one of the OORF’s greatest advocates. Kathy Heddy needed our assistance, and now we need yours to locate needy and qualified Olympians and Paralympians. Our goal is to locate and benefit as many as possible, but most Olympians are too proud to ask for help. Please help us help them.


If you would like to help your fellow Olympians regain their dignity, independence, and financial stability, take a moment to make out a tax deductible donation via the Donate button to the left or mail it to the address listed on the Contact Us page. You will receive an acknowledgement letter.

Keep the flame alive. Its not just every four years, it's everyday.