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USATF Foundation awards $625,000 in Stephen A. Schwarzman Grant Funds


NEW YORK CITY -- In two weeks athletes from across the nation will band together with pride to represent Team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England.  In preparation for this momentous event, the USATF Foundation announced 25 Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $25,000 to members of Team USA today, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.

Earlier this year, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, became the largest individual donor to the USATF Foundation and made an unprecedented $2.5 million donation in support of elite track & field athletes. The gift is meant to provide financial support to the most promising track & field athletes as they train for the World Championships and Olympic Games.

“I’m proud to support these world-class athletes so that they have the opportunity to compete at the highest level and do our country proud. They represent the best the United States has to offer and are people of tremendous drive and determination. As a devoted follower of the sport and former track and field athlete myself, I’m excited to see all that they achieve as they go for the gold at the World Championships and the Olympics,” stated Stephen A. Schwarzman.

As athletes are gearing up for their trip to London to compete at the highest level, they know the world will be watching. The stakes are high and the pressure is on as they attempt to realize their dream of becoming a World Champion. Along with the stress of competing often comes the financial burden the athletes must undertake to make their dream a reality. These grant funds can be used to ease the stress of expenses of coaching, training, equipment, medical treatment, recovery, and travel. These grant funds will dramatically affect the athletes’ ability to compete and allow them to focus on winning medals.

The grant amount awarded to these elite athletes is $25,000, which marks a record high in giving for an individual USATF Foundation elite grant. The USATF Foundation has always focused on providing financial aid to athletes with a lower income threshold, but with this generous gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Foundation is able to support athletes at a new level.  

The 25 talented athletes to receive funding in the amount of $25,000 each are:

Nia Ali

100m Hurdles

Chris Benard

Triple Jump

Gwen Berry

Hammer Throw

Erica Bougard


Hillary Bor


Daniella Bunch

Shot Put

Michelle Carter

Shot Put

Paul Chelimo


Will Claye

Triple Jump

Ryan Crouser

Shot Put

Vashti Cunningham

High Jump

Kendra Harrison

100m Hurdles

Quanera Hayes


Sam Kendricks

Pole Vault

Joe Kovacs

Shot Put

Shamier Little

400m Hurdles

Charlene Lipsey


Christina Manning

100m Hurdles

Dalilah Muhammed

400m Hurdles

Bryshon Nellum

4x400m Relay

Deanna Price

Hammer Throw

Michael Stigler

400m Hurdles

Ameer Webb


Kendell Williams


Drew Windle


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, and distance training centers. 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 and participation in Run With US! ( Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

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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