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USA Track & Field Selects University of Phoenix as Official Education Partner

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 2014 — USA Track & Field (USATF) on Wednesday welcomed University of Phoenix as its Official Education Partner. USATF members will now receive tuition reductions at the University, and USATF plans to establish a scholarship program for elite athletes to help promote the partnership and assist athletes in pursuing and finishing their degrees.

“Bringing University of Phoenix into the USATF family as our Education Partner will benefit all USATF constituencies,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With tuition reductions, all current USATF members, staff and post-collegiate athletes will have better opportunities to finish their degrees, pursue new degrees or simply broaden their skill sets and knowledge base.”

"University of Phoenix is proud to join USATF in building flexible pathways from higher education and training to the workforce," said Jim Eickhoff, senior vice president of Workforce Solutions at University of Phoenix. "It is a great honor to help USATF fulfill its mission and help a new community of nontraditional students reach their full potential. USATF student athletes with benefit from the University’s advanced educational technology, curriculum that is informed by industry and vast career resources for students and alumni. Both University of Phoenix and USATF are committed to supporting a 21st century workforce that helps revive and grow the economy."

University of Phoenix will provide the tools to create an education platform across USATF. The collaboration will benefit all USATF members, from athletes to coaches and volunteers, whose lifelong pursuits of excellence extend well beyond the competitive arena. 

This announcement is USATF’s third major partnership announcement in the last six weeks and the organization’s fourth partnership announcement in the last 15 months.

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

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