INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation has named the 9 inaugural Stephen A. Schwarzman elite grant recipients, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld today.
Schwarzman, the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, recently made a major gift of $500,000 to the USATF Foundation in support of world-class athletes in track and field that are likely medal contenders at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
“I congratulate this deserving group of grantees and applaud their exceptional drive and dedication,” said Schwarzman. “It is an honor to support such a talented group of men and women and I hope that with the USATF Foundation’s help and their own determination, we can help them achieve their Olympic ambitions.”
The 9 outstanding men and women track & field athletes receiving $7000 grants include:
Marshevet Hooker (100 meters) – 2008 Olympian & 2011 World Outdoor 4x100m Gold Medalist
Erica McClain (triple jump) – 2008 Olympian & 2005 World Championships Team Member
Alysia Montano (800 meters) – 2012 Olympic Finalist, 2010 World Indoor Bronze Medalist
Dwight Phillips (long jump) – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 4-Time World Outdoor Championships Gold Medalist
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 and financial need 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, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts and from generous fans of track & field.
Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring & jobs) and participation in Run With US! (www.rwus-now.org
). Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.
For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org
or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org