NEW YORK CITY – In two weeks athletes from across the nation will band together with pride to represent Team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England. In preparation for this momentous event, the USATF Foundation announced 25 Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $25,000 to members of Team USA today, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.
Earlier this year, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, became the largest individual donor to the USATF Foundation and made an unprecedented $2.5 million donation in support of elite track & field athletes. The gift is meant to provide financial support to the most promising track & field athletes as they train for the World Championships and Olympic Games.
“I’m proud to support these world-class athletes so that they have the opportunity to compete at the highest level and do our country proud. They represent the best the United States has to offer and are people of tremendous drive and determination. As a devoted follower of the sport and former track and field athlete myself, I’m excited to see all that they achieve as they go for the gold at the World Championships and the Olympics,” stated Stephen A. Schwarzman.
As athletes are gearing up for their trip to London to compete at the highest level, they know the world will be watching. The stakes are high and the pressure is on as they attempt to realize their dream of becoming a World Champion. Along with the stress of competing often comes the financial burden the athletes must undertake to make their dream a reality. These grant funds can be used to ease the stress of expenses of coaching, training, equipment, medical treatment, recovery, and travel. These grant funds will dramatically affect the athletes’ ability to compete and allow them to focus on winning medals.
The grant amount awarded to these elite athletes is $25,000, which marks a record high in giving for an individual USATF Foundation elite grant. The USATF Foundation has always focused on providing financial aid to athletes with a lower income threshold, but with this generous gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Foundation is able to support athletes at a new level.
The 25 talented athletes to receive funding in the amount of $25,000 each are:
|Nia Ali||100m Hurdles|
|Chris Benard||Triple Jump|
|Gwen Berry||Hammer Throw|
|Daniella Bunch||Shot Put|
|Michelle Carter||Shot Put|
|Will Claye||Triple Jump|
|Ryan Crouser||Shot Put|
|Vashti Cunningham||High Jump|
|Kendra Harrison||100m Hurdles|
|Sam Kendricks||Pole Vault|
|Joe Kovacs||Shot Put|
|Shamier Little||400m Hurdles|
|Christina Manning||100m Hurdles|
|Dalilah Muhammed||400m Hurdles|
|Bryshon Nellum||4x400m Relay|
|Deanna Price||Hammer Throw|
|Michael Stigler||400m Hurdles|