USATF Foundation Awards More Bonuses to Olympic Qualifiers

07-09-2008

Contact:
Tom Jackovic
Exeutive Director
USA Track & Field Foundation
317-261-0500

INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded five additional $5,000 bonuses to recipients of their Elite Athlete Development Grant program, USATF Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic announced Wednesday. David Oliver (110 hurdles), Mike Hazle (javelin), April Steiner (pole vault), Loree Smith (hammer throw) and Leigh Smith (javelin) all received the bonuses to assist with expenses associated with training for the Olympic Games in August.

Shani Marks (triple jump), Aretha Thurmond (discus), Diana Pickler (heptahlon) and Stephanie Brown Trafton (discus) were awarded bonuses last week. All athletes qualified for the Olympic Games based on their performances during the Olympic Trials in Eugene.

"It is very exciting to see so many of the athletes that we support through the elite grant program excel at the Olympic Trials," said USATF Foundation Director Ashley Wright. "It's truly an honor to further support these athletes as they fulfill their Olympic dreams." stated

The USATF Foundation Elite Athlete Grant program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and income standards to be eligible. The Foundation assists people of all ages, all walks of life, and all ability levels in finding enjoyment and accomplishment and achieving fitness through our inclusive sport.

For more information or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org.