2022 Stephen A. Schwarzman Grant Awards Announced—$2.65 million awarded to 100 Elite Track & Field Athletes

2022 Stephen A. Schwarzman Grant Awards Announced—$2.65 million awarded to 100 Elite Track & Field Athletes


As the track & field community gears up for the highly anticipated 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, the USATF Foundation proudly announces its 2022 class of Stephen A. Schwarzman grantees.  The Stephen A. Schwarzman grants are the Foundation’s largest award and provide an unprecedented level of support to our World Championship Team USA.

This year, 65 athletes will each receive $30,000 Stephen A Schwarzman grants and another 35 athletes will each receive $20,000 Stephen A. Schwarzman grants.  The $2.65 million awarded to these 100 athletes represent a $700,000 increase in Stephen A. Schwarzman funding from 2021.

In an effort to further assist the USATF Foundation’s mission of supporting emerging elite athletes, 10 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman awards will be reserved for athletes just graduating college or recently turned pro.  This unique financial assistance will help athletes during their transition while giving them the resources needed to participate at the highest level.

“It is an honor to support these athletes as they train for the highest levels of competition,” said Stephen Schwarzman. “Their determination is an inspiration to me and so many others across the country.”

The funding will be used to cover expenses such as equipment, coaching, travel, medical costs, recovery tools and services.  As the USATF Foundation’s largest donor, Mr. Schwarzman has donated over $14 million to the grant program and with this year’s grants has distributed $8.4 million to support 455 elite athletes over the last 10 years.  “Mr. Schwarzman continues to show unwavering generosity to our elite athletes.  This type of support was not available when I was in my prime.  It is because of grants like these that Team USA can continue its tradition of excellence,” stated USATF Foundation Board Member Willie Banks.

All USATF Foundation grants are selected from a pool of qualified applicants.  Elite athletes are required to apply each year and are encouraged to complete the process in April or May.  The Stephen A. Schwarzman grants are decided upon by the USATF Foundation Elite Grant Committee and criteria is based primarily on athlete’s potential to medal at the next Olympic Games or World Championships.  Consideration is also given to monetary need.  Please Note: Additional USATF Foundation Elite Grants will be announced tomorrow.

“I would love to thank Stephen A. Schwarzman for making me one of the recipients of this grant!  The funding will be extremely helpful in my efforts to take care of my body for the sport. Along with my coach and my family, I sincerely thank you for everything and everyone that you are helping!” added Stephen A. Schwarzman grantee Marvin Bracy–Williams, 100m.

The following 65 athletes will receive Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $30,000 each.

Abby Steiner200m
Adelaide AquillaShot Put
Alaysha Johnson100m
Aleia Hobbs100m
Alicia Monson10000m
Andrew EvansDiscus
Brooke AndersenHammer
Chase EaleyShot Put
Christian TaylorTriple Jump
Christopher NilsenPole Vault
Cory McGee1500m
Courtney FrerichsSteeplechase
Courtney WaymentSteeplechase
Dalilah Muhammad400m
Daniel HaughHammer
Daniel Roberts110m
Donald ScottTriple Jump
Donovan Brazier800m
Elise Cranny5000m
Emma CoburnSteeplechase
Evan JagerSteeplechase
Fred Kerley100m/200m
Gabby Thomas200m
Grant Fisher5000m / 10000m
Grant Holloway110m
Hillary BorSteeplechase
Janee KassanavoidHammer
Jenna Prandini200m
Jessica WoodardShot Put
Joe KovacsShot Put
Joseph Klecker10000m
Josh AwotundeShot
JuVaughn HarrisonHigh Jump
Katie NageottePole Vault
Kendall Ellis400m
Kendell WilliamsHeptathlon
Kendra Harrison100m
Kenneth Bednarek200m
Keturah OrjiTriple Jump
Khallifah Rosser400m
Laulauga Tausaga-CollinsDiscus
Luke WinderPole Vault
Lynna Irby400m
Maggie EwenShot Put
Marvin Bracy-Williams100m
Michael Cherry400m
Quanesha BurksLong Jump
Raevyn Rogers800m
Rudy WinklerHammer
Ryan CrouserShot Put
Sam MattisDiscus
Sandi MorrisPole Vault
Shelby McEwenHigh Jump
Sinclaire Johnson1500m
Steffin McCarterLong Jump
Tamara Clark200m
Tori FranklinTriple Jump
Trevor Bassitt400m
Trey Cunningham110m
Tripp PiperiShot Put
Twanisha Terry100m
Valarie AllmanDiscus
Will ClayeTriple Jump
William Kincaid5000m
Zachery ZiemekDecathlon


The following 35 athletes will receive Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $20,000 each.

Alex YoungHammer
Allie Wilson800m
Ashtin Zamzow-MahlerHeptathlon
Benard KeterSteeplechase
Brittany Brown200m
Chris BenardTriple Jump
Clayton Murphy800m
Curtis ThompsonJavelin
Darius CarbinHigh Jump
DeAnna PriceHammer
Emily GrovePole Vault
Emily SissonMarathon
Gabriela LeonPole Vault
Heather MacLean1500m
Isaiah Harris800m
Jonathan Davis1500m
Josette Norris1500m
Joshua Thompson1500m
Kristie Schoffield800m
Molly SeidelMarathon
Monae’ NicholsLong Jump
Olivia Baker800m
Paul Chelimo5000m
Quincy Hall400m
Rachel DincoffDiscus
Rachel McCoyHigh Jump
Sage Hurta800m
Sam KendricksPole Vault
Sean McGorty10,000m
Steven BastienDecathlon
Tiffany FlynnLong Jump
Tonea Marshall100m
Vernon Norwood400m
Will WilliamsLong Jump
Yared Nuguse1500m

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 and experienced elite athletes, along with guidance on future career paths. 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 and jobs) and participation in Run With US!. Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, Click Here or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tjackovic@usatffoundation.org.