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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 7

GILL Athletics names recipient of 2012 USATF Coaches Education Level I Scholarship

CHAMPAIGN, IL--Matt Luck, head coach of Willoughby South (OH) High School, has been awarded a scholarship from Gill Athletics for the USATF Level I Coaches Education School to be held at Defiance College from February 24-26.

“Matt has a great aptitude to teaching; one that I believe will be enhanced by the USATF Level I program,” said Gill Athletics Sales Manager Mike Cunningham. “I’m positive that by awarding Matt this scholarship he will go on to help more athletes achieve success.”

“I am certain that the information and knowledge I will obtain by attending the Level I school will provide me with a further understanding on how to help athletes run faster and jump farther, said Luck. “Thanks again to Gill Athletics for this Level I scholarship.”

USATF Foundation launches Run With US! in Los Angeles

INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation successfully launched the inaugural Run With US! (RWUS!) program on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles, CA,  Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

The primary focus of RWUS! is fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity and its associated negative medical, social and psychological effects, especially as it relates to inner-city youth. By having elite athletes and Olympians as teachers, mentors and role models, the Foundation expects to positively impact the way children view exercise and nutrition.

“The launch of the Run With US! program marks an exciting new chapter in grant-making and programming for the USA Track & Field Foundation,” said Foundation Director Amory Rowe.

Athletes Ginnie Powell (100m hurdles) and Ryan Wilson (110m hurdles) led the first day’s activities and will spearhead the LA program throughout the initial six-week phase. Local non-profit LA’s Promise partnered with the USATF Foundation on the launch and will continue to assist the Foundation on an ongoing basis. Gallup Corporation has also signed on to provide program measurement.

After opening introductions, more than 125 middle-school kids were engaged in a trivia contest on nutrition, followed by an intense introduction to the fine art of sprinting and starting. Prizes were awarded to those that performed well. “Everyone had a blast,” noted Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic.

Also on-hand at John Muir for the launch were members of the USATF Foundation Board, including noted film producer Frank Marshall, Director Dan McClory, Executive Director Tom Jackovic; athletes Carmelita Jeter (2011 World Outdoor Champion & 2011 Jesse Owens Award winner), Nicole Leach (100m hurdles), Brandon Shaw (800m); from LA’s Promise Veronica Melvin (CEO) and Chaitali Gala (Associate Director, Special Projects).
For more information or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or

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