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USATF statement and data on elite athlete spending

8/11/2015
 
As the national governing body, USATF has the responsibility to support track & field on all levels, including youth programs, masters programs, event sanctioning, road racing, race walking, officials certification, coaches education and certification, Paralympics, national teams and elite athletes.
 
We are audited each year by both the USOC and by an independent, external auditor, and our tax forms are online. All revenues and expenditures are accounted for and reported.
 
USATF in 2015 anticipates that we will spend roughly 50 percent of our $30 million budget, or more than $15 million, on a combination of cash directly to athletes, USATF payment of athlete costs and High Performance Programs that support elite athletes. A breakdown of those expenditures may be found below:
 
USATF ELITE/PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE SPENDING*  
Cash directly to athletes  $                          5,130,000
USATF High Performance Programs  $                          7,035,000
USATF Payment of athlete costs  $                          3,230,000
TOTAL  $                       15,395,000
* Does not include administrative or staff costs  
   
BREAKDOWN OF SPENDING BY CATEGORY  
CASH DIRECTLY TO ATHLETES  
Tier Funding  $                         1,975,000
Prize money  $                         1,550,000
Emerging elite & Post-collegiate support programs  $                             850,000
Athlete appearances/ambassadors  $                             400,000
Travel allocations  $                             340,000
Health Insurance deductibles  $                               15,000
TOTAL  $                         5,130,000
   
USATF HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS  
USATF Championship Series events  $                          2,950,000
Broadcast/webcast of elite events  $                          2,200,000
Olympic Training Center  $                             575,000
Sport Science  $                             550,000
Sport Performance Workshops  $                             360,000
Championship Officials  $                             250,000
Sports Medicine  $                             150,000
TOTAL  $                         7,035,000
   
USATF payment of athlete costs  
International Teams & Training Camps  $                          2,200,000
Athlete travel/hotel to other events  $                             350,000
Grants to athlete training groups  $                             280,000
Medical services  $                             250,000
Coaching Stipends  $                             150,000
TOTAL  $                         3,230,000
 
 
USATF last year publicly committed to spending an additional $9 million on elite athlete programs between now and 2020. We are working with the Athletes Advisory Committee on how best to spend that money and invest in our elite athletes.
 
That additional spending is in concert with increases across a range of programs for which USATF is responsible, as detailed at the Opening General Session of USATF’s 2014 Annual Meeting. The State of the Sport Deck in its entirety can be found at https://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/1c/1ca109b3-08a2-4c92-94b8-ad9d1e8edb4a.pdf
 
USATF continues its efforts to support and grow track & field, long distance running and race walking on all levels, as dictated by our charter, while being an industry leader among national governing bodies in athlete support and sponsorship growth. That growth is achieved through strategic and aggressive sales strategies, with the goal of growing our revenue base to reinvest in all programs. Over the last three years, we have expanded the services we offer to our elite athletes, including services provided to support national teams. Most recently, USATF earlier this summer announced an unprecedented program providing medical and athletic trainers to athletes at no cost to them during Diamond League competition - http://www.usatf.org/News/USATF,-SVSP-to-keep-Team-USA-athletes-healthy-in-W.aspx .
 
The public representations made by third parties regarding the amount of money USATF spends, and the amount of support it provides its athletes, are not accurate. We will continue in our efforts to increase revenue and funding for all of our athletes and programs while maintaining transparency for all of our members.
 


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