I am a decathlete in training to make an Olympic or World Championship team and this year I was a recipient of an Elite Athlete Development Grant. At Nationals this year, I placed fourth, just one spot from making the team to Berlin. I have no doubt in my mind that without the grant, I would have never been able to place as high as I did. As a decathlete you spend countless hours training with relatively little help, but I continue to pursue my goals, because I love the sport in which I compete. The Under Armour gear you also sent us to help supplement training may seem small to anyone else, but is a giant help to someone like me, who continues to train in old gear and worn out shoes because of no sponsorships. I hope you understand how much it means and I thank you again for your support throughout the year. It’s amazing how the little things can make a big difference.
Chris Randolph, Decathlon
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.