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Jeff Henderson’s back-to-back RunJumpThrows earn Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS – Gold medalist Jeff Henderson has helped reach over 1500 students in the past ten days, thanks to his participation in consecutive RunJumpThrow experiences in Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. metro area.


As part of USATF’s Victory Tour, Henderson (McAlmont, Arkansas) is one of several 2016 Olympic medalists to visit schools and teach kids the importance of physical activity. At each RunJumpThrow children learn foundational track and field skills at interactive exercise stations.


"If we can show these kids how to do [track and field] at a young age and have fun with it now, they'll definitely have fun when they're older,” Jeff said. “I didn't have this when I came up but if I did have this, who knows where I'd be now."


On Friday in Arlington, Virginia, Jeff taught kids in grades 1-4 how to jump, demonstrating the basics of his gold medal-winning event. He was joined by fellow Olympians Michelle Carter and Natasha Hastings.  


Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Keni Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin; June 2, Keni Harrison; June 9, Tia Brooks; June 16, Donavan Brazier; June 23, Sydney McLaughlin; June 30, Tia Jones; July 7, Allyson Felix; July 15, Bernard Lagat; July 22, Allen Woodard; July 29, Keni Harrison; August 5, Chantae McMillan; August 11, Myrle Mensey; August 20, Michelle Carter; August 26, Matt Centrowitz; September 1, Megan Roche; September 8, Christian Taylor; September 14, Joe Gray; September 21, Jenny Hoffman; September 30, Jeff Henderson.


We welcome your nominations!

To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to


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