USATF Foundation awards additional $400,000 in Stephen A. Schwarzman grants

USATF Foundation awards additional $400,000 in Stephen A. Schwarzman grants

Schwarzman increases total support of the USATF Foundation to $3.15 million



The USATF Foundation is getting into the holiday spirit.

Impressed by Team USA’s effort at the recent IAAF World Championships in Doha, the USATF Foundation, with new support from its largest donor Stephen A. Schwarzman, will be awarding an additional $400,000 in grants to 40 athletes training for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. These grants provide athletes with the financial support they need as they prepare to represent the United States in international competition.

“Our thanks go out to our donors, and in particular Steve, for making this round of funding possible. To be able to provide this level of support to so many athletes is tremendous,” stated USATF Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld.

Stephen A. Schwarzman grantee, Dalilah Muhammad, set a world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha

Earlier this year the USATF Foundation awarded 25 Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $25,000 each. These athletes will all receive an additional $10,000 to help with training and other expenses associated with an Olympic year. Additionally, 15 other athletes will receive a $10,000 Stephen A. Schwarzman grant. Over the years Schwarzman’s support has allowed for 191 grants to elite track & field atheltes.

“It is a privilege to be able to support these athletes during the critical period leading up to the 2020 Olympics. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of the grantees and hearing their incredible personal stories, and I look forward to watching them compete in Tokyo. They are a source of inspiration for me and so many others,” added Schwarzman.

In 2017, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, became the largest individual donor to the USATF Foundation with an unprecedented $2.5 million donation in support of elite track & field athletes. With today’s gift and other additional donations, Schwarzman’s total support has now risen to $3.15 million.

The 40 athletes to receive funding in the amount of $10,000 each are:

Brianna McNeal – 100m Hurdles
Brittany Brown – 200m
Brittney Reese – Long Jump
Brooke Andersen – Hammer
Bryce Hoppel – 800m
Chase Ealey – Shot Put
Christian Taylor – Triple Jump
Craig Engels – 1500m
Dalilah Muhammad – 400m Hurdles
Daniel Roberts – 110m Hurdles
Darrell Hill – Shot Put
DeAnna Price – Hammer
Dezerea Bryant – 200m
Donald Scott – Triple Jump
Donavan Brazier – 800m
Emily Sisson – 10000m
Erica Bougard – Heptathlon
Hanna Green – 800m
Hillary Bor – Steeplechase
Jeff Henderson – Long Jump
Joe Kovacs – Shot Put
Katie Nageotte – Pole Vault
Kendell Williams – Heptathlon
Keni Harrison – 100m Hurdles
Keturah Orji – Triple Jump
Maggie Ewen – Shot Put
Michael Cherry – 400m
Nia Ali – 100m Hurdles
Omar Craddock – Triple Jump
Paul Chelimo – 5000m
Phyllis Francis – 400m
Rai Benjamin – 400m hurdles
Raevyn Rogers – 800m
Ryan Crouser – Shot Put
Sam Kendricks – Pole Vault
Sandi Morris – Pole Vault
Shelby Houlihan – 1500m
Teahna Daniels – 100m
Valarie Allman – Discus
Will Claye – Triple 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.

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