Six receive Elite Athlete Development Grants

07-24-2008

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

INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation announced today it has presented Elite Athlete Development Grants to six athletes.

Athletes receiving $4,000 grants include discus thrower Adam Kuehl, high jumper Jim Dilling and hammer thrower Erin Gilreath.

Athletes receiving $3,000 grants include longer jumper Brianna Glenn, decathlete Christopher Helwick and 1,500m runner Steve Sherer.

"The USA Track and Field Foundation Board was heartened by the success of so many past recipients of our Elite Athlete Development Grant Program at the recent Olympic Trials," said USATF Foundation Director Larry Lee. "With nine past recipients qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games, we are seeingthat the Elite Athlete Development Grant programis making a critical difference in helping promising American track and field athletes reach their potential. We are delighted to present six additional grants and hope they, too, will prove to be difference-makers."

The 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 standards to be eligible.

The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends on donations from its Board of Directors and from generous fans of track & field.

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