TBT: When Dogecoin Sponsored the Jamaican bobsled team

Updated: Feb 21

Dogecoin has always been 'the coin of the people', whether from tipping or raising funds for causes. In 2014, Dogecoin supporters came through like a caped superhero to save the Jamaican bobsleigh team. You can't even make this stuff up. Please tell me you've heard of the movie: Cool Runnings?

Cool Runnings is a Disney cult classic movie made in 1993. The movie tells a story based around the 1988 debut of the Jamaican bobsled team at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. It stars Leon Robinson as Derice, Rawle D. Lewis as Junior, and Malik Yoba as Yul Brenner (not the actor, just a guy with the same name) — Jamaican sprinters who fail to make the Track & Field team after an accident. Doug E. Doug plays Sanka Coffie, Derice's best friend and a championship pushcart driver. After meeting disgraced coach Irv Blitzer (John Candy), Derice recruits the other three to create the first Jamaican bobsled team. The film was a critical hit, and earned more than $150 million at the worldwide box office.

Dogecoin: The return Of Jamaican bobsled team

The Jamaican Bobsled team – which doesn’t only exist in the movie Cool Runningssaid it needed as much as $80,000 to pay for the cost of travel, equipment, and other expenses, or they could not make it to In the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Fun-loving users of the Dogecoin crypto currency came to the rescue, and helped made Winter Olympics history – by raising more than $30,000 worth of Dogecoin to help fund the Jamaican bobsled team’s trip to the Games in Sochi, Russia.

A whopping 26.5 million Dogecoins worth around $33,000 have been donated by the community so far through the Dogecoin Foundation, a charitable organization centered around Dogecoin and co-founded by Dogecoin co-creator Jackson Palmer. Due to the fact that you couldn't buy bobsled equipment with Dogecoin, 26 million in Dogecoin had to be converted to Bitcoin, which was passed on to the Jamaican bobsled team,” according to Liam Butler, who helps run the Dogecoin Foundation with Palmer and co-founder Billy Markus.

The Dogecoin community’s support of the Jamaican bobsled team was made possible through an Indiegogo campaign where funds were raised for its Olympic trip.

“Sponsoring the Jamaican bobsled team would be the biggest thing we’ve done so far, and it would be an awesome cause,” one of the first Dogecoin users to propose the idea on Reddit wrote. Another early proponent of the charity campaign added: “If we were to get behind this cause, we would generate a great deal of positive buzz. The return of a Jamaican Bobsled team alone will break headlines, but imagine if it was on the shoulders of Doge they got there!”

Well the dogecoin community accomplished exactly that; playing a major role in making the return of the Jamaican Bobsled team possible! Many people may just be hearing about dogecoin, but it has always been the people's coin. Irie!!!


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