USA Track & Field Foundation awards $51,000 in additional Stephen Schwarzman Elite Grant Funds

USA Track & Field Foundation awards $51,000 in additional Stephen Schwarzman Elite Grant Funds

INDIANAPOLIS – In just three short weeks, the world will unite in the majestic city of Rio de Janeiro to watch athletes from across the globe compete at the highest level.  During the ten days in Eugene, Oregon that comprised the Olympic Team Track & Field Trials, the USATF Foundation was honored to witness many Foundation grantees realize their dreams and become Olympians.  30 USATF Foundation past grantees will move on to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games—this marks a new record for the USATF Foundation.  In celebration of this success, the USATF Foundation is excited to award $51,000 in additional Stephen Schwarzman grants and Olympic Team bonuses, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.

The Stephen Schwarzman Grant Fund is dedicated to assisting those athletes at the top of their class with the potential to bring home an Olympic medal. The funding comes at an imperative time for these athletes as their focus switches to the ultimate competition ahead.  In the next three weeks, they will plan their travel to Rio de Janeiro, work with their coach to sort out a training plan, obtain the necessary equipment and receive medical treatment to prevent injury.  With no shortage of preparations to be done, the hope is these funds will ease financial stress and allow them to focus on winning medals.

“There is nothing more satisfying and riveting for our donors than to see the extraordinary athletes we support put their heart and soul on the line as they seek to “make the team”,” remarked USATF Foundation Director Jack Wickens.  “Our group of grantees represents an excellent blend of youth and experience. Each athlete has performed under severe pressure and triumphed in arguably the toughest track and field competition in the world. We believe they contribute significantly in terms of character and talent to one of the best balanced track and field teams we have ever sent to the Olympics,” added USATF Foundation Director Preston Johnson.

The USATF Foundation will award grants of $2,500 to the following 16 athletes:

Nia Ali – 100h

Tavis Bailey – Discus

Chris Benard – Triple jump

Gwen Berry – Hammer

Kristi Castlin – 100h

Ryan Crouser – Shot put

Andrew Evans – Discus

Mason Finley – Discus

Sean Furey – Javelin

Cyrus Hostetler – Javelin

Felisha Johnson – Shot put

Miranda Melville – Race walk

Dalilah Muhammed – 400h

John Nunn – Race walk

Jeff Porter -110h

Ricky Robertson – High jump

In addition, $500 bonus grants will be awarded to these 22 past USATF Foundation grantees who made the Olympic team:

Whitney Ashley – Discus

Boris Berian – 800m

Ben Blankenship – 1500m

Brittany Borman – Javelin

Tori Bowie – 100m & 200m

Donn Cabral – Steeplechase

Amber Campbell – Hammer

Sam Crouser – Javelin

Christina Epps – Triple jump

Jeff Henderson – Long jump

Darrell Hill – Shot put

Molly Huddle – 10K & 5K

Kibwe Johnson – Hammer

Joe Kovacs – Shot put

Chantae Lowe – High jump

Brenda Martinez – 1500m

Conor McCullough – Hammer

Maria Michita-Coffey – Race walk

Heather Miller-Koch – Heptathlon

Barbara Nwaba – Heptathlon

Jeremy Taiwo – Decathlon

Kara Winger – Javelin

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