Visa - Official Sponsor
Visa, a proud sponsor of USATF since 1988, has played a crucial role in athlete development in the sport of track and field. Visa began its support of track and field with the men's decathlon and women's pole vault events and since 2005 has entitled USATF's series of nationally televised, elite track & field events, proudly known as the VISA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. Formerly called the Golden Spike Tour, the VISA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES gives U.S. athletes the opportunity to compete at home, to receive increased television and media coverage, and to be paid significant prize money based on performance. Athletes have the opportunity to participate in an athlete bonus program that culminates with awarding four athletes (two indoor and two outdoor) the title of VISA CHAMPION and presenting each athlete with a $25,000 Visa Check for their exceptional performances. Through 2009, over $750,000 in prize money has assisted USA athletes in their training toward Olympic medals, World Championship titles, and status as the World’s #1 Track & Field Team.