INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation (USATFF) today announced that Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, has donated $500,000 to the USATF Foundation. The funding will be used to support world-class athletes in track and field who are the most likely winners of medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as to create a matching gift program for other donors to the USATF Foundation.
Tom Jackovic, USATF Foundation Director, said, “Steve’s donation will enable us to find the best track and field athletes in the United States and ensure that, regardless of their circumstances, they have the time and resources to train for the Rio Olympics. The US has always been a powerhouse in track and field and this donation will go a long way to helping that continue.”
Steve Schwarzman added, “Track and field was a central part of my life from 5th grade through high school. From it, I learned team work, the importance of hard work and training, and the thrill of when your team won. I want every American who has the drive and the talents to succeed at the highest level in track and field to have the resources they need to do so, and I am delighted to support the USATF Foundation in this endeavor.”
Mr. Schwarzman founded Blackstone in 1985 and it is now the world’s largest alternative asset manager and financial adviser, with $210 billion under management as of the end of 2012.
The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and financial need standards to be eligible.