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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 14

USATF Foundation releases $20,000 to Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant program
The USA Track & Field Foundation has released $20,000 to support the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant program, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs & Planning and program originator, the program offers travel assistance grants to eligible youth clubs across the country for their athletes who qualify to compete at national youth and junior championship events.

Since 2006, the USATF Foundation has contributed more than $120,000 to the Springer program. Clubs awarded a grant must participate in USATF’s Win With Integrity program by having their athletes complete the Win With Integrity Pledge Form, which will be provided upon receipt of the grant. 2012 Mark Springer Travel Grant award recipients will be announced in early May.

In support of youth clubs nationwide, the Foundation encourages youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance. The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit or contact Tom Jackovic, Executive Director, at (412) 398-2484 or

USATF partner Outrun The Sun, Inc. celebrates May as "National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month"
The 2012 Outrun the Sun Race in May is a “virtual race” that launches May 1 offering runners and walkers, no matter where they live, the opportunity to support sun safety and early detection by registering online and walking or running any day in May. Registrants receive sun safety information and contacts for skin exams. They also have the ability to raise funds for skin cancer education and melanoma research.

The Outrun the Sun Race in May spokesperson is Deena Kastor, Olympic medalist, American record holder and melanoma survivor.

“More than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually, making it the most prevalent cancer in America,” Kastor notes.  “I alone make up more than a few of these cases each year during my biannual visit to the dermatologist. From basal cell carcinoma to melanoma I have successfully fought skin cancer through early detection. I encourage everyone to visit a dermatologist and also to register now for the Outrun the Sun Race in May. Join me in pledging to be sun smart.”

The Outrun the Sun Race in May was developed by Outrun the Sun, Inc., and has partnered with USA Track & Field (USATF), the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA), Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Running Network, Midwest Melanoma Partnership, and Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA).

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