Wellington, FL - January 15, 2014 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that Sara Ike has joined the staff as the Major Gifts Officer. Ike's primary responsibilities will center on working with the non-Olympic disciplines in increasing support to the High Performance programs as well as in the administration and coordination of benefit events.
Ike has a long history supporting the U.S. equestrian teams, beginning in 2003 when she joined the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as the Director of Vaulting. She then went on to become the Eventing High Performance Director in 2007, before being promoted to Managing Director of Eventing. She has traveled with the U.S. Eventing team to two Pan American Games and two Olympic Games and therefore, she is keenly aware of the impact of USET Foundation contributions.
"I've always been excited about the pursuit of excellence," said Ike. "There's nothing like hearing your national anthem played at international championships. As the USET Foundation's Major Gifts Officer, I will do everything I can to help our athletes get to the medal podium. I know how much each and every dollar counts, and I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at the USET Foundation."
Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins commented, "The USET Foundation has matured into a successful and important philanthropic organization for this country's High Performance program. It is now time for us to expand our fundraising staff, and bringing on a Major Gifts Officer will help us work with many more individuals who have an interest in seeing our United States Equestrian Teams have the resources they need to be successful in major international championships."
Jenkins concluded, "Sara brings a wealth of knowledge about this country's High Performance programs and a passion for our United States Equestrian Teams that I know will make her well suited to serve in this role. I am excited to have her join the 'team' and help in the Foundation's work of supporting athletes, promoting international excellence and building for the future."