USA Track & Field Foundation awards Elite Athlete Development Grants to 45 Elite Track & Field Athletes

USA Track & Field Foundation awards Elite Athlete Development Grants to 45 Elite Track & Field Athletes

The USA Track & Field Foundation Board of Directors and donors were pleased to witness the four intense days of competition in Des Moines, Iowa at the USATF Outdoor Championships as the best in track & field fought for a coveted national title.  Continuing its support and appreciation for the talent and dedication it takes to become one of the best in the sport, the Foundation proudly announces a second round of Elite Athlete Development grants for 2018 to 45 athletes.

2018 marks an enormous milestone for the Foundation.  The Elite Athlete Development Program began in 2006, and 2018 marks the first year in which over $1 Million will be awarded to athletes in a calendar year.  With Elite grants awarded in February, the Stephen A Schwarzman grants awarded last week, as well as this second round of Elite grants, the total in giving for 2018 to deserving track & field athletes is $1,337,000.

This program has exponentially grown each year thanks to the generous donations from the Board of Directors and many other passionate fans of the sport.  The Foundation community sees the importance of supporting these athletes so they can focus on their craft and develop a lasting and successful career in the sport.

Foundation Director Mark Lambert commented, “It is an absolute thrill for us to announce this round of grants to such deserving athletes.  As Board Members, we try to reach out directly to grantees to congratulate them on their grants, underscoring that the Foundation is behind them.”

Each athlete will receive a grant in the amount of $5,000 to help relieve the financial stress and expenses that come with competing internationally such as proper coaching, training, medical care, recovery and travel.

The 45 talented athletes to receive funding in the amount of $5,000 are:

Ailyah Brown100m
Alexander YoungHammer
Ameer Webb200m
Ben Blankenship1500m
Brianna Thomas400m
Brooke AndersonHammer
Cameron Burrell100m
Ce’Aira Brown800m
Charlene Lipsey800m
Christina Manning100m Hurdles
Christopher BernardTriple Jump
Curt JensenShot Put
Dalilah Muhammad400m Hurdles
David Kendziera110m/400m Hurdles
Devon WilliamsDecathlon
Donald ScottTriple Jump
Drew Windle800m
Elija Hall100m/200m
Emily Sisson10000m
Hillary BorSteeplechase
Izaic Yorks1500m
Janeah StewartHammer/Shot Put
Jarret Eaton110m Hurdles
Jeff HendersonLong Jump
Jessica RamseyShot Put
Jessica WoodardShot Put
Joe KovacsShot Put
Karissa Schweitzer5000m/10000m
Kendell WilliamsHeptathlon
Kyra Jefferson200m
Queen Harrison100m Hurdles
Rachel Schneider1500m/5000m
Ricky RobertsonHigh Jump
Riley Masters5000m
Robert Dominic1500m
Rudy WinklerHammer
Ryan Hill5000m
Sam MattisDiscus
Sam Prakel1500m
Sean DonnellyHammer
Sharika Nelvis100m Hurdles
Stanley KebeneiSteeplechase
Valarie AllmanDiscus
Vashti CunninghamHigh Jump
William ClayeTriple Jump

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