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Hershey LogoOpening Session presented by Hershey's Track & Field Games

Thursday 9:00 am - Westin Grand

Don't miss the kick-off to this year's meeting, Sport of Historic Performances. Chairman and President Stephanie Hightower will officially call the meeting to order and welcome all participants to Indianapolis. Attendees will also be treated to USATF's own hall of famer and Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner delivering the keynote speech. Details


Virginia Beach LogoWelcome Reception hosted by Virginia Beach

Thursday 7:00 pm - Westin Grand

Virginia Beach is excited and honored to be hosting the USATF Annual Meeting in 2010 and what a better way to get ready by attending a “Beach Party" Join our 2010 Annual Meeting Hosts for a fun opportunity to socialize with other meeting goers and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Make plans to catch up with old friends and have an enjoyable evening before the next day's meetings. Details


St. Vincents LogoExpo Breakfast

Friday 8:00-10:00 am - Capitol Ballroom, Westin

Listen to the sounds of the Herron High School, a public charter school in downtown Indianapolis, as their choir sings Holiday Carols for the first hour. Be sure to mark your Annual Meeting to-do list with a visit to the High Performance Expo Presented by St. Vincent. Friday morning is the perfect time to stop by the expo and get your morning energy while you meet the organizations that may have exactly what your next track and field event needs.

For more expo information and a list of vendors, click here.


Alumni Fun RunAlumni Association Logo

Friday 7:00 am -  leave from Westin Lobby

Lace up your shoes for a chance to get in your run while you reconnect with old friends. Meet in the Westin Lobby at 7:00 am, the group will then embark on a casual run through the streets of Indianapolis. Your $5 donation helps fund future USATF Alumni Events.


Officials Banquet

Friday 7:00-11:00 pm - Westin Grand

While the athletes shine on the track, the officials are the stars behind the scenes. Join the Officials Committee for a dinner recognizing the hard work and dedication of USATF's top officials.


Conducting a Safe Event: Minimizing Mishaps, Injures and LawsuitsConducting a Safe Event Logo

Friday 2:30 - 5:20 pm - Westin

This free seminar is open to all Annual Meeting Attendees, as well as community members, coaches and event directors.

Join us for an educational afternoon that you cannot afford to miss. This seminar will be led by risk management expert Mike Price of Entertainment and Sports Insurance Experts (ESIX) and will cover areas such as risk avoidance, risk transfer, risk acceptance, and insurance coverage options. A dynamic exchange of information, insights and ideas among the presenters and participants is expected. 

If you are NOT registered for the 2009 Annual Meeting, please register for this free seminar here. Note a valid 2009 or 2010 USATF membership is required (please join online if you are not a member). The registration deadline is December 1 at 11:59 pm ET. Register Today.

 

Awards Breakfast

Saturday 7:00 am - Westin Grand

Join us for a free breakfast buffet for all annual meeting attendees. Each committee will honor athletes and committee members for their dedication in making this a sport of Historic Performances. Come support the best of our sport, and who knows, you may be taking home an award of your own.


Photo of Jesse OwensJesse Owens Hall of Fame Dinner

Reception: Saturday 6:30 pm - Hyatt Ballroom
Ceremony: Saturday 7:30 pm - Hyatt Ballroom

Don't miss USATF's annual gala to celebrate the best of The Sport of Historic Performances. The evening starts with a reception, features a seated dinner and culminates with the presentation of USATF's most prestigious awards. The Jesse Owens Award is presented to the top male and female athletes of the year as voted on by members of the media and for the first time ever were also voted on by fans. Finally, recognizing our stars of the past and their historic performances, the 2009 class of the USATF Hall of Fame will be inducted. An autograph session with the Jesse Owens athletes and Hall of Famers is to follow.

Please note that tickets are required for the Jesse Owens/Hall of Fame Banquet. Tickets are available for purchase during the registration process and on-site. You may purchase seats individually for $60, or by table (10 seats) for $600.


Warehouse SaleWarehouse Sale

Wednesday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Here’s your chance to get your hands on Nike USA Track & Field Merchandise straight from the source. The USATF Warehouse will be open to all attendees for the opportunity to purchase brand new Nike USA Track & Field Merchandise, Authentic Team Gear and Clearance Items ranging from 15-75% off! Shuttle service will be available from the Hyatt to the USATF Warehouse - only a short 10 minute ride. Attendees who are interested may sign up in the Hyatt lobby. Only VISA and cash are accepted at this event.

The shuttle will leave hourly at half past the hour from the Hyatt lobby.


Samaritan's FeetSamaritan's Logo

USA Track & Field has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet to collect and deliver shoes to impoverished children by utilizing the excitement of track and field, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Samaritan’s Feet, is a humanitarian relief organization that puts shoes on kids feet all around the world. Its team of ambassadors demonstrates servant leadership by washing the feet of all the people receiving the shoes and share with each recipient a message of hope. There are over 300 million children who wake up every morning without shoes. They suffer from diseases, infection and many other ailments because they don’t have shoes to wear. Samaritan’s Feet was formed in 2003 and six years later more than 2.5 million pairs of shoes have been donated to children in Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the U.S.
 
USA Track & Field encourages its members, athletes, media partners, fans and the Indianapolis community to support this shoe drive and help provide hope to children in need. There are two ways to donate:
 
1) Bring a new pair (or pairs) of shoes to the Annual Meeting and drop them in the collection bins located near the Registration table located at the Westin hotel.
 
OR
 
2) Text the keyword SHOES to #85944. You will receive a text back asking if you would like to donate $5 to Samaritan’s Feet. A simple confirmation reply will complete your transaction (or a chance to opt out if you change your mind), and the $5 donation will be added to your next cell phone bill. This is a one-time donation that can be repeated five times each month (up to $25, changing the lives of five children!)

 

Herron High School LogoHerron High School Silent Auction

On Display in the Expo Thursday and Friday and near Registration on Saturday, closes at 12:00 pm on Saturday

Commemorate the Sport of Historic Performance theme by taking home an original piece of artwork and giving back to the community. Local students from Herron High School, a public charter school in downtown Indianapolis, were commissioned to create works of art that capture their unique perspectives on motion, running and the sport of track and field. Help fund the school’s curriculum around art history and literature by bidding on their authentic work. All proceeds, less shipping costs, will benefit Herron High School.

Preview the artwork below and learn more about the artists' perspectives.

 

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