For more than a year now, we have been telling you about the exploits of the Ghanaian winter athlete, Akwasi Frimpong.
Akwasi Frimpong is a Skeleton athlete, a winter sports where the athletes slide on a sledge face down on ice.
In his first Winter Olympics that was held in the South Korean city of Pyeong Chang, Akwasi Frimpong became known as the Hope of a Billion.
Though he never won a medal or got anywhere near the podium, Akwasi Frimpong showed that anything is possible.
Since he’s been back from the Winter Olympics, Akwasi Frimpong has been working on getting better on the ice.
He’s participated in a number of competitions and with the help of his coach, Zach Lund, Akwasi Frimpong has been getting better.
He has been scoring career-best times and moving up the global rankings.
“Hope of a Billion is setting a goal to do the unthinkable. For me, it is becoming the first African to win a winter medal in the winter Olympics,” Akwasi Frimpong said in a Go Fund Me account he just created.
Akwasi Frimpong is raising $75,000 to pay for his travel expenses to training camps and competitions in Europe and North America.
Most importantly, he needs to keep his current coach, Zach, and he needs this money to pay for the services that this experienced coach has been offering him.
Zach has already worked with Akwasi to make him more competitive but there’s still lots of work to do and Akwasi really can’t afford to lose Zach now.
“To get better I need to slide as much as possible and it’s important to have a good coach with the experience and knowledge to help me improve,” Akwasi said.
Akwasi has been doing all this for the past two years with no financial help from the Government of Ghana.
But the absence of the government’s help doesn’t mean that Akwasi should stop this amazing thing he’s doing.
He is currently aiming at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
You can help him raise the $75,000 by donating to his Go Fund Me campaign here.
If you’re a fan in the Netherlands or in Europe you can donate here.