PITTSBURGH – The USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded grants totaling $273,000 to 65 elite track & field athletes announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld. The Foundation plans to award over $1,000,000 in grants in 2018, which is a new record.
In an effort to simplify the USATF Foundation’s Elite Athlete Development Grant program, there will be shift in the grant award schedule for this year and subsequent years. In 2018, the USATF Foundation will award another round of Elite Athlete Development grants following USATF Outdoor Championships in July. In addition, the Foundation will also award Stephen A. Schwarzman grants at that time. The Stephen A. Schwarzman grants are the Foundation’s largest grants and were positively received last year. Moving forward, the Foundation will award the majority of all grants in the summer following the USATF Outdoor Championships.
The 2018 track & field season does not include an international World Competition so many athletes will utilize this year to rebuild and to focus on training and strategy. The athletes will use the funds for medical care, equipment and travel expenses as they prepare for the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa this summer.