The USA Track & Field Foundation awards grants for post-collegiate professional track & field athletes as well as youth track & field clubs. At this time the Foundation is unable to accept facility requests such as track resurfacing, funding for new tracks, etc. As much as we would like to be able to assist with these important inquires it is out of scope for our Foundation.
Stephen Schwarzman Grant
After witnessing Morgan Uceny trip and fall during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Stephen Schwarzman wanted to make sure Morgan had every resource available to make a full recovery. Schwarzman soon realized most Olympic hopefuls do not have the financial support they need to reach their full potential. In response he created the Stephen Schwarzman Fund.
This fund supports athletes that are recognized for their success on an international level and for having an excellent opportunity to be in medal contention in the Rio Summer Games in 2016.
John W. James Grant
Mark James & Frias Holding Company made the initial gift of $200,000 to the USATF Foundation in July of 2010 to seed the endowment. The endowment is used to fund elite grants for men and women track athletes in the throwing events. The hope of creating this fund is also to draw awareness and help promote and highlight the throwing events at major competitions. Traditionally these events are under-funded, hence the Foundation has received immense gratitude from the throwing community and throwing grantees.
The inspiration for the inception of the grant fund was all in memory of John W. James, father of Mark James. John James was extremely passionate about track & field. He was a top shot putter in high school, in Roseville, CA. As an all-around athlete he also played tackle at the University of Oregon, and was a Golden Gloves boxer. In addition, James was Nevada’s state climatologist for many years along with being a geography and meteorology professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. A respected authority on alpine climate, he was the official meteorologist of the 1968 Olympic Trials held high in the Sierras at Echo Summit, above South Lake Tahoe, CA.