USATF Awards Over Two Dozen Elite Athlete Grants

Athletes receive $4,000 each.

Written by: Sean McKeon

The USA Track and Field Foundation has announced they will award 26 elite athlete development grants for 2010. Each year the USATF Foundation awards grants to deserving post-collegiate track and field athletes. In order to qualify for a grant an athlete must meet minimum performance and financial need standards.

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Here is the official release from the USATF regarding the grants and recipients:

INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation has presented Elite Athlete Development Grants to 26 athletes, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld, announced Tuesday.

Athletes receiving $4,000 grants include first-time grantees Corey White (javelin throw), Mark Hollis (pole vault), Sarah Stevens (shot put/hammer throw), Rubin Williams (sprints), Kara Patterson (javelin throw), Liz Roehrig (heptathlon), Daniel Huling (steeplechase), Karjuan Williams (800 meters) and Leslie Cole (400/200 meters). Hollis posted a Visa Championship Series victory at the 103rd Millrose Games in January, Huling was on the 2009 Team USA World Championships roster, and Patterson was a 2008 Olympian.

Repeat grantees receiving $4,000 grants include Liz Wanless (shot put), Brianna Glenn (long jump), Noah Bryant (shot put), Sheldon Battle (shot put), Mike Hazle (javelin throw), Loree Smith (hammer throw), Britney Henry (hammer throw), Laron Bennett (400 meter hurdles), Darren Niedermeyer (pole vault), Jerome Miller (110 meter hurdles), Christopher Helwick (decathlon), Erin Gilreath (hammer throw), Matthew Turner (long jump), Chris Randolph (decathlon), Russ Winger (shot put), Rachel Yurkovich (javelin throw) and Dominique Darden (400 meter hurdles).  Hazle, Smith and Gilreath all are Olympians, while Yurkovich reached the final of the women’s javelin at the 2009 World Championships.

“Starting a new year by assisting so many worthwhile athletes is very gratifying.  We hope to provide even further support in the months and years to come,” Jackovic said.

The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and financial need standards to be eligible and agree to participate in the Win With Integrity program.

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 athletes and anti-doping education. The Foundation each year awards more than half a million dollars in grants and other support. Its programs depend on donations from its Board of Directors and from generous fans of track & field.

For more information or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit http://www.usatffoundation.org

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