FOUR AMERICAN FEMALE ATHLETES AWARDED THE RUSTY KANOKOGI FUND FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF U.S. JUDO IN 2021 AFTER A YEARLONG PAUSE DUE TO THE 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC
— Jean Kanokogi, PhD
SEATTLE, WA, USA, July 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recipients Angelica Delgado, Nina Cutro-Kelly and Nefeli Papadakis make up the Tokyo 2021 US Olympic Crew, and Maria Liana Mutia will symbolize the US on the Tokyo 2021 US Paralympic Crew. All 4 girls will obtain a direct monetary grant from the Rusty Kanokogi Fund to assist financially assist them to pursue their Olympic desires within the 2021 Video games this summer time.
The Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Development of U.S. Judo grant was established in 2009 by the Richard and Pamela Ader Basis and buddies of Rusty, to honor and proceed the legacy of the late Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, recognized world wide as “the mom of ladies’s judo” for her immense contribution to the game and her simple hand in bringing girls’s judo to the Olympic stage for the very first time on the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The fund, administered by the Ladies’s Sports activities Basis (#TeamWSF), sometimes awards direct monetary help to aspiring judo athletes at the moment in coaching for nationwide and worldwide competitors with, amongst different issues, a demonstrated monetary want. Sometimes, the fund choice committee awards one grant of as much as $5,000 per calendar yr—and a most of three in an athlete’s lifetime.
This yr, nevertheless, after being unable to manage an award to an up-and-coming feminine judoka in 2020 because of the international coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games, the choice committee has determined to supply 4 grants of $2,500 every, offering direct monetary help to all 4 girls on the USA Judo Olympic and Paralympic groups.
“These Olympic Video games are historic for a lot of causes,” says Jean Kanokogi, PhD, daughter of the award’s namesake, Rusty Kanokogi, and member of the award choice committee. “Judo is returning to its homeland, and for the very first time women and men shall be competing in a combined occasion collectively. The game has come up to now, and but our feminine athletes are nonetheless struggling to realize the monetary backing for journey and coaching that they should symbolize their nation on the worldwide stage.”
Jean asserted, “Rusty believed these athletes educated their guts out for the prospect to symbolize the USA, so having the chance to assist them is an honor”.
Based on Kanokogi, the award committee was floored when heavyweight Nina Cutro-Kelly (Albany, N.Y./Selma, Texas/Common Judo/ Universite de Pennes – Pennes, France/over 78kg feminine) certified for the Video games final week and turned to crowdfunding to lift cash she wanted to offset her competitors journey and coaching bills so she will be able to deal with Tokyo.
Cutro-Kelly, on the age of 36, would be the oldest American Judo Olympian in sports activities 57-year Olympic historical past. She’s juggled three jobs, working upwards of 70 hours every week, whereas coaching full-time to make it to the Olympics. Within the first seven days her GoFundMe marketing campaign, managed by former Crew USA Teammate Carrie Chandler, has raised simply shy of half of its $10,000 aim to assist assist Cutro-Kelly as she heads to the Tokyo 2021 Video games.
Cutro-Kelly and 22-year-old Nefeli Papdakis had been awarded spots on the Olympic group within the sport’s reallocation course of, becoming a member of the beforehand certified 2016 Olympians Angelica Delgado, 52kg, and Colton Brown, 90kg. Maria Liana Mutia, 57 Kg, will symbolize Crew USA in Paralympic Judo.
“Our athletes want monetary assist,” Kanokogi says. “Different nations assist their Olympians with coaching, journey—all bills paid. These girls want cash. Rusty repeatedly raised cash for the underfunded girls athletes and now we have now a possibility to assist in giving further assist. That is solely doable by the generosity of the Richard and Pamela Ader Basis and buddies of Rusty—that Rusty’s legacy of assist of equality in judo that my mom devoted her life to—breaking the glass ceiling for girls in sports activities and life in America and world wide.
Rusty spent her fifty-year profession dedicated to the development and equality of ladies in judo. She rose to the extent of seventh-degree black belt in her lifetime, making her the highest-ranking American girl within the sport. Her memoir, Get Up & Struggle, which she co-wrote together with her daughter, Jean Kanokogi, PhD previous to her demise in 2009, was revealed on June 1, 2021 and is at the moment out there in hardcover and e-book codecs from retailers worldwide.
Get Up & Struggle: The Memoir of Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, The Mom of Ladies’s Judo
In 1959 Rusty’s well-earned first place medal was ripped away from her as a result of she was a lady. She fought in a judo championship in opposition to a person and gained, however when the judges found her gender, they stripped her of her title. Ladies weren’t allowed. From that time on, Rusty had a brand new aim: to make sure that no girl would ever endure such an indignity ever once more! This vow sparked a fifty-year profession combating for equality-a tireless battle she would take all the best way to the Olympics.
In her uniquely uncooked, unfiltered, humorous voice, Rusty recounts the tales of her outstanding life and journey from the tough streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, to the places of work of the political, highly effective and persuasive, the place she established herself as a significant power on the planet of ladies’s rights and the game of judo, securing girls’s inclusion on the worldwide stage. Rusty’s memoir is a love story crammed with ardour and righteousness-for her sport, her household, and her lifestyle as a judoka.
Typically known as a pioneer, Rusty was an unsung hero within the struggle to offer girls voice and company, in life and in sports activities. She didn’t see human limitations, solely prospects. The institution advised her “no,” however “no” was not part of her vocabulary. As an alternative, Rusty fought like hell, and gained.
In her personal phrases, Rusty determined to “be the hammer,” not the nail.
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