Launched December 5, 2002 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 athletes, and distance training centers. The Foundation assists dedicated Olympic hopefuls who can realize their dreams and potential if given the opportunity. The Foundation is committed to promoting the development of Team USA, the World’s #1 Track & Field Team through its Elite Athlete Grant program and financial support of other elite-oriented programs.
Over the past 9 years, the USATF Foundation has made over 450 grants to elite athletes ranging from $3,000-$10,000 each. Nine grantees made the 2008 Olympic team, highlighted by Stephanie Brown Trafton’s gold medal in the discus. 19 grantees made the 2012 Olympic team, highlighted by Keshia Baker’s gold medal in the 4×400 meter relay. 31 grantees made the 2016 Olympic team and competed in Rio de Janeiro. Highlights included Ryan Crouser’s gold medal in the shot put along with breaking the Olympic Record, Dalilah Muhammed taking gold in the 400 meter, Jeff Henderson’s gold medal in the long jump, and Tori Bowie taking home three medals: gold in 4 X 100 meter relay, silver in the 100 meter and bronze in the 200 meter.
To support the development of emerging elite athletes, while fostering integration within the broader track & field community. To facilitate the physical, educational, social and character development of youth track & field athletes and to help prepare them to mature and succeed in adult life.