AN OLYMPIC-SIZED DREAM
Hi everyone. My name is Aaron Lesué. I’m a former Utah State University football player and veteran Arena Football League wide receiver for the Utah Blaze. I’m a two-time Guinness World Record holder. And now, I’m training to become an Olympian.
When I was just 2 years old, my father was in Korea on active military duty when he was killed in a parachuting accident. I’ve always looked up to my father. I wanted to be like him, make him proud, and honor his life and what he stood for. So early on, I set three goals for my life: become a professional football player; break a Guinness world record, and represent my family and country in the Olympic Games. I have accomplished two of my three goals and now I’m working to compete in the Olympics!
WHAT INSPIRES ME — MY STORY
I have never wavered from these goals set as a young boy. I wanted to do something great for my father knowing that life can be short. I want to inspire others to live honorably as they go after their dreams. Although times have been difficult and there have been many setbacks, I have proven I will not give up. Many have thought my goals were impossible, but I believed in myself and have made these dreams a reality
At times both my father and I have done things that seem to others as crazy, pushing the limits, or impossible, but it is those same things that have given me the confidence. Stories of my father excelling in sports, trying to break world records, and raising money for charities to help other people gave me an understanding of where I come from and who I want to become.
A PHONE CALL FROM JIMMY SHEA…
My ultimate goal of competing in the 2018 Olympics as a skeleton athlete had an interesting jumpstart last winter when Jimmy Shea, 2002 Gold medalist in skeleton, called me looking for a push athlete for his bobsled team.
He had heard about me from a few people.
"I heard you can run a 4.3 forty. Can you do that?" he said.
"Well, when I am doing my speed training I can consistently do that, yes," I said.
Then he paused and said, "Well, do you wanna go to the Olympics?"
I thought about it for one second — “Yep!”
I then started pushing for Jimmy' s bobsled and also gained valuable training from him on skeleton. While my ultimate goal is to compete as a skeleton athlete in 2018, this chance to shine and excel at bobsled is an unexpected opportunity I can’t pass up.
I’m pushing now for the talented U.S. driver Jay Noller in Americas Cup races. I attended the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York in January and will be competing in October in the U.S. combine for a potential spot on one the top U.S. Teams. If all goes well, I could be at the 2014 Olympics as a bobsled pusher!
THE FUNDS I NEED TO RAISE
Unlike other countries, Olympic athletes in the U.S. aren't paid to train and perform so they seek funding through sponsorships and fundraisers in order to afford the financial responsibilities of every day life and expenses associated with training and competing.
I am going to cover everything I can from money made playing in the AFL (which is a fraction of NFL salaries). During the AFL off-season, I need to train on bobsled and skeleton full-time if I want a chance at the Olympics and a chance to be the best in the world.
That’s why I’m asking for your help. I want you to join my team as I strive to be an Olympian. In all, I need to raise $54,344 for the entire year, but right now my goal is to raise $17,500 with this Rally. The money I raise will pay for everything from some living costs during the bobsled/skeleton season, travel for training and competitions, speed training, coaching, and equipment (sled, helmet, burn vest, ice spikes, supplements, winter shoes, pushing gloves, track spikes, etc.)
Through hard work, dedication, and great coaching and support I have been blessed to received some accolades and honors along the way.
• I was named to the 2012 First Team All-Arena after shattering a 25-year-old AFL record with 64 touchdown receptions.
• Received multiple game MVP awards and have been named numerous times as the AFL's offensive player of the week
• I’m a two-time Guinness Record holder. I caught a Hail Mary football that was thrown to me from a 350-foot crane. The catch became the world record for the highest-thrown-and-caught football. The ball reached speeds of 80 mph. The Utah Jazz mascot - the Jazz Bear - was the thrower!
MY GREATEST SUPPORT
I couldn’t have gotten this far without the huge support of my mother Karissa Ramsey. She continues to be my inspiration. My three sisters have always graciously supported my endeavors as well as my extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins who have supported, fed, and housed me throughout the years.
I have had countless people along the way who have enriched my life and helped me reach my goals. Thank you to Kim Brown, Jimmy Shea, Christopher Fogt, Billy Shcuffenhauer, the Utah Blaze Organization, Coach Ron James and Blaze owners Kristin Murdock and Logan Hunter, Scott Lazerson, Radd Barrett, Max Ahquinn, Gary Kehl, Brad Jaehne, John Abbsey, ABC4, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Wilson, Adam Legas, Valerie Fleming, Shauna Robach, Lincoln Dewitt, Rook Nacarrato, Ryan Jaime, uncle Jake Lesué, and all facebook friends and fans that have encouraged or helped paste videos or articles of my success.
JOIN MY TEAM
Please join my team and contribute to my Rally. I have some great perks for you! Also, please spread the word about my Rally on Facebook, Twitter and through email. Thank you!
Select A Support Level
$25Shout-out Thank You on my Facebook page and never-ending gratitude!
$50Shout-out Thank You on my Facebook page and a signed photo of me.
$100Shout-out Thank You on my FB page, signed photo, and 2 Blaze football tickets.
$200Shout-out Thank You on my FB page and a signed Blaze jersey.
$500Shout-out Thank You on my FB page and Rockwell "In Your Honor" Olympic Watch - http://www.rockwelltime.com/. These are being specially made for my Rally to commemorate my father.
$1,000Shout-out Thank You on my FB page. Nike Olympic Team jacket. Super special and exclusive.
$2,000Shout-out Thank You on my FB page, Rockwell "In Your Honor" Olympic Watch AND an appearance/speaking engagement. I have a special message about setting and reaching your goals that will inspire your workplace or organization.