I would like to thank the USATF Foundation for awarding the Carrie Tollefson Training Camp with the Youth Programs Grant. It has been a dream of mine to host a camp for youth and give back to the sport I love. Being a 2004 Olympian gave me so much to share with kids about hard work, dedication, and the joy of victory. Not making the 2008 team has made me realize a more important message to be sent. It is great to be a champion, and that is what we all strive to be, but what we do with disappointment and how we overcome, and push through tough times, is what really defines a champion.
Carrie Tollefson, Middle Distances & Youth Running Camp
The USA Track & Field Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track & field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes and distance training centers. 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 and participation in Run With US! (www.runwithus.org). Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.