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USATF will hold two community-based opportunities at 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis


INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track & Field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and 2013 World Champion David Oliver are among the slate of elite track & field athletes participating in USATF Field Day (Dec. 6) and USATF Community Day (Dec. 7). The events are part of the USATF Annual Meeting being held December 5-8 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

The national governing body for track & field, long distance running and race walking, USATF is headquartered in downtown Indianapolis with a staff of 50, who along with CEO Max Siegel, are administrators to the sport. Siegel, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Northwest High School in Indianapolis, took over the reigns at USATF in 2012.

“USATF is proud to be a part of the Indianapolis community, and giving back to the city where we are based is an important part of our mission,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Field Day and Community Day offer the opportunity for USATF and other local organizations to affiliate on a grassroots level with the message of living a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Field Day set for Friday, Dec. 6, will introduce 150 local youth, grades 3-5, to track & field through curriculum developed by national track & field coaching education expert, Dr. Matthew Lydum. Scheduled to join Joyner-Kersee and Oliver are American record holder Amanda Bingson, Olympic heptathlon silver medalist Hyleas Fountain, World Championships silver medalist Brigetta Barrett and women’s discus World Championships team member Liz Podominick, who will usher kids through a series of stations with demonstrations and instruction.  

Community Day is USATF’s opportunity to share America’s stars of track & field with the greater Indianapolis community. Locals will have the opportunity to shake hands, pose for pictures and collect autographs from athletes including Joyner-Kersee, Oliver, Olympian Queen Harrison, Olympic 100m Hurdles bronze medalist Kellie Wells, Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix (TBD), and World Championships team members Jeremy Taiwo and Jack Whitt.  Additional athletes, including USATF Alumni members, will be present as well.

What: USATF Field Day
Where: JW Marriott, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
When: December 6, 2013, 9a-2p
Who: Approx. 150 local grade school children and Team USATF athletes, Olympians and stars
What: USATF Community Day
Where: JW Marriott, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
When: December 7, 2013; 9a-2p
Who:  USATF community partners, Team USATF athletes, Olympians and stars

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