Olympic Games Poised to Benefit From Entrepreneur's Passion for Civic Activism

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They brought 5,000 people to NYC after 9/11 as an act of economic patriotism (http://www.epiccusa.com). Now they're getting 220,000 visits-a-day to their http://www.supportthegames.org website to promote the Games. Support The Games -an interactive non-profit website - promotes a unique campaign to support the Olympics.

Two months after Sept 11, 2001 five thousand people from across the nation traveled to New York City on Nov 11 - Veteran's Day to support the airlines and commerce in The Big Apple. They were motivated to make the trip and show their economic patriotism because of two Orange County, CA business leaders who, in just weeks formed http://www.epiccusa.com. Now, with just days to go, Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman are at it again; this time it's Athens, Greece to promote the legacy of the Olympic games.

With just 2.2 million of the five million Olympiad tickets sold, the team is working to bring business leaders from across the U.S. and abroad to the Games. "And it's working," said Goldstone. "Since the official site 'SUPPORT THE GAMES' was created just a week ago, we are now experiencing upwards of 220,000 unique web visits each day."

"SUPPORT THE GAMES" is a private, grassroots advocacy campaign encouraging travel to Greece to support the Games! It is not associated with any official Olympic organization or the ATHOC.

"Travel to Greece in August as an act of economic patriotism. Enjoy the world uniting for the Summer Games in Athens," explains Berman. "We are urging business leaders from across the nation to join 'SUPPORT THE GAMES' to demonstrate their resolve that the Olympics must continue as the world's biggest sporting event where all nations join together," remarked the campaigns founder, Mitch Goldstone.

Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman, co-owners of 30 Minute Photos Etc., an online photo service founded in 1990 in Irvine, California, USA are supporting the Olympic Games not only by traveling to Greece as spectators, but also by hosting this interactive website to promote their campaign to support the Summer Games.

The website, http://www.supportthegames.org, includes links to travel agents and other useful sites for collecting information on how to make last minute travel plans to attend. Recent updates to the "SUPPORT THE GAMES" site include more choices for booking flights, hotels and attractions in Athens, and ticketing information. Goldstone said the goal of this campaign is to bring more people to the Olympic games in Athens, Greece.

220,000! The official "SUPPORT THE GAMES" website is now receiving more than 220,000 unique visits each day to its grassroots advocacy campaign to bring business leaders and tourists to Athens for the Summer Games.

The initiative bases its success on using the entire database from its organizer, 30 Minute Photos Etc., which leads in promoting advocacy campaigns such as when it brought 5,000 people to NYC after 9/11 - http://www.epiccusa.com. The company also provided its database of photographers from across the nation who use their national online photo service - http://www.30minphotos.com.

"Athens Upbeat After Strong Games Ticket Sales" reported by Reuters from Athens on Friday, Aug 6. The Reuters news item reported, "Athens Olympics organizers on Friday were upbeat after sluggish ticket sales gained speed a week before the start of the Games. Organizers have sold less than half of the 5.2 million tickets for the August 13-29 Olympics, but with over 50,000 tickets sold on Thursday, they were confident the Games would not be staged in front of half empty stadiums. What's important is that we are breaking new records," Games spokesman Michael Zaharatos told reporters after organizers sold almost 100,000 tickets in two days. "We still have three full weeks. The Games' opening ceremony on August 13 and the closing ceremony as well as most finals have been sold out but millions more for qualifying events remain unsold," reported Reuters.

EDITORS: Please view http://www.supportthegames.org for more info. Interviews with the group's founders and with others traveling to the Games are available. Contact: [email protected]

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