USATF Foundation Awards 50 Elite Athlete Development Grants

USATF Foundation Awards 50 Elite Athlete Development Grants


Track and Field takes center stage this week as athletes from around the world gather in Budapest, Hungary for the highly anticipated 2023 World Athletics Championships. Amidst the excitement, the USATF Foundation is delighted to announce its annual commitment to supporting elite track and field athletes by awarding a total of $500,000 in financial aid to those aiming to compete at the professional and international level.

These awards, amounting to $10,000 each, mark a new level of support from the Foundation.  The Foundation hopes to alleviate the stress and financial burdens that come with pursuing a career as a professional track and field athlete. By offering this essential support, the Foundation enables athletes to focus on their athletic pursuits and increase their chances of success on the global stage.  The awarded funding is intended to cover various expenses associated with training for elite competitions including:  travel, coaching, physical therapy, recovery, equipment and other costs related to preparations for the Olympic Games or World Championships.

“It is a privilege to play a part on the grant committee for the USA Track & Field Foundation.  These athletes rank among the best in the world.  They are stellar representatives of team USA both on and off the track or the field.  The sacrifice and dedication to their athletic passion is an inspiration to us all.  We are excited to see and support their achievements in the months and years to come,” stated USATF Foundation Board Member John Marsh.

All USATF Foundation grants are awarded through a competitive selection process.  All elite athletes are encouraged to submit their application annually during the application period in May or June. The Elite Athlete Development grants are carefully reviewed and determined by the USATF Foundation Elite Grant Committee, with the selection criteria based on a combination of athletic performance, financial need, and character references.

The USATF Foundation is dedicated to cultivating and nurturing the development of track and field talent within the United States. It plays a pivotal role in empowering aspiring athletes to chase their dreams, excel at the highest level, and proudly represent their country on the international stage.

“For a couple of years of being unsponsored, it had been a struggle trying to balance the professional world and working a job. With the money, it can help me pay for living expenses, treatment, and any other things that can help me continue to perform my best stress-free,” stated USATF Foundation Grantee Jamal Britt.

The following 50 athletes will receive USATF Foundation Elite Athlete Development Grants in the amount of $10,000 each:

Aleia Hobbs – 100m

Alex Young – Hammer Throw

Allie Wilson – 800m

Annette Echikunwoke – Hammer Throw

Annie Kunz – Heptathlon

Brian Williams – Discus Throw

Chari Hawkins – Heptathlon

Chris Benard  – Triple Jump

Conner Mantz – Marathon

Duncan Hamilton – Steeplechase

Dylan Jacobs – 5k/10k

Elena Bruckner – Discus Throw

Elija Godwin – 400m

Elly Henes – 5k/10k

Emily Grove – Pole Vault

Emily Mackay – 1500m

Emily Sisson – Marathon

Emily Venters – 5k/10k

Eric Edwards Jr. – 110m Hurdles

Eric Holt – 1500m

Ethan Dabbs – Javelin Throw

Fiona O’Keeffe – 5k / 10k

Gabriela Leon – Pole Vault

Gabrielle Jennings – Steeplechase

Heather MacLean – 1500m

Jacob Wooten – Pole Vault

Jamal Britt – 110m Hurdles

Jessica Woodard – Shot Put

Jordan Geist – Shot Put / Hammer Throw

Josephine Schaefer – Shot Put

Josette Andrews – 1500m / 5k

Kennedy Blackmon – 100m

Madison Boreman – Steeplechase

Maggie Malone – Javelin Throw

Makenzie Dunmore – 400m

Marvin Bracy-Williams – 100m

Matthew Boling – 200m/400m

Michael Cherry – 400m

Monae Nichols – Long Jump

Olin Hacker – 5k

Olivia Baker – 800m

Olivia Gruver – Pole Vault

Pjai Austin – 100m

Rachel Tanczos – Hammer Throw

Sam Prakel – 1500m

Steffin McCarter – Long Jump

Tonea Marshall – 100m Hurdles

Tripp Piperi – Shot Put

Whittni Morgan – 5k

William Williams – Long 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