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USA Track & Field Foundation awards Elite Athlete Development Grants to 45 athletes

2/26/2015
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- The USA Track & Field Foundation is reaching new heights in 2015 with a record $374,000 in financial support awarded to elite track & field athletes. The list is highlighted by the Stephen Schwarzman Endowment Grantees, many of whom are 2016 Rio Games medal contenders.

 

In all, the Foundation awarded 45 Elite Athlete Development Grants in the first round, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.

 

The Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track & field athletes. The USA Track & Field Foundation supports elite athletes as they strive to achieve their dream of competing in an Olympic Games, a World Championship or other Team USA competitions. The Foundation provides assistance to athletes that meet its grant application criteria, including income thresholds and performance standards.

 

“With the World Championships and the Olympics on the horizon our donors generously made available a record amount of dollars, allowing us to support more athletes than ever before,” exclaimed USATF Foundation Director Jack Wickens.

 

At the top of their class are the Stephen Schwarzman Endowment grantees that are recognized for their success on an international level and for having excellent potential to be in medal contention in the Rio Summer Games in 2016. The 10 athletes receiving this award are:

Alysia

Montano

$7,000

Brad

Walker

$7,000

Chanelle

Price

$7,000

DeeDee

Trotter

$7,000

Garrett

Heath

$7,000

Jeff

Henderson

$7,000

Kylie

Hutson

$7,000

Lashinda

Demus

$7,000

Mary

Saxer

$7,000

Morgan

Uceny

$7,000

 

The dedicated athletes to be awarded Elite Athlete Development Grants are the following 34 individuals:

Amanda

Smock

$4,000

Ashley

Higginson

$4,000

Barbara

Nwaba

$4,000

Becky

Holliday

$4,000

Briana

Nelson

$4,000

Chantae

McMillan

$4,000

Christopher

Benard

$4,000

Dustin

Jonas

$4,000

Erik

Sowinski

$4,000

Heather

Miller

$4,000

Jack

Whitt

$4,000

Jacquelyn

Coward

$4,000

Jasmin

Stowers

$4,000

Jeffrey

Porter

$4,000

Jeremy

Taiwo

$4,000

Jernail

Hayes

$4,000

Maggie

Vessey

$4,000

Mark

Hollis

$4,000

Michael

Hartfield

$4,000

Tiffany

Williams

$4,000

Tori

Polk

$4,000

Tyron

Stewart

$4,000

 

 

 

Bridget

Franek

$3,000

Don

Cowart

$3,000

Harun

Abda

$3,000

Jeffrey

Eggleston

$3,000

Kiani

Profit

$3,000

Kyle

Merber

$3,000

Latavia

Thomas

$3,000

Maya

Pressley

$3,000

Ray

Stewart

$3,000

Sara

Vaughn

$3,000

Troy

Doris

$3,000

Tynita

Butts

$3,000

 

Also receiving an Elite Athlete Development Grant is the first athlete to participate in USATF Foundation’s Adopt an Athlete Program. Turquoise Thompson was recognized for her potential and has $10,000 in dedicated funds for support in her pursuit leading up to the next Olympic Games thanks to a generous donor.

 

Combined with Wednesday’s announcement of 23 John W. James Endowment grantees, the USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded a record total of $374,000 to 68 athletes thus far in 2015.

 

Additionally, these athletes will have the opportunity to appear at various elementary and middle schools across the country in the USA Track & Field Foundation’s Run With US! program. In each Run With US! event, Olympic athletes coach students on Track & Field skills and exercise drills. The program provides an opportunity for the Elite athletes and Olympians to give back to their community.

 

The USA Track & Field Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track & field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts and from generous fans of track & field.

 

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run With US! (www.runwithus.org). Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

 

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tom.jackovic@usatf.org.

 



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