LONDON – The USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded an additional round of Elite Athlete Development grants to ten athletes that are competing in London for the 2017 IAAF World Championships announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.
Each athlete will receive a grant in the amount of $2,000 to help relieve the financial stress and expenses that come with competing internationally such as proper coaching, training, medical care, recovery and travel. This $20,000 gift to the athletes brings the USATF Foundation to a new record in grant awards with a total of $870,000 awarded in 2017.
“We are proud to support these tremendous athletes in their pursuit of excellence as they represent the United States on the international stage,” stated Foundation Director Anré Williams.
The 10 talented athletes to receive funding in the amount of $2,000 are:
Kara Winger – Javelin
Inika McPherson – High Jump
Gia Lewis-Smallwood – Discus
Aleec Harris – 100m Hurdles
Ryan Whiting – Shot Put
Darrell Hill – Shot Put
Donald Scott – Triple Jump
Andrew Evans – Discus
Mason Finley – Discus
Devon Williams – Decathlon
Additionally, all of these athletes will have the opportunity to appear at various schools and community venues across the country in the USA Track & Field Foundation’s Run With US! program. In each Run With US! event, Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls inform kids on what it means to be a professional athlete and how setting goals and making healthy choices have impacted their lives. The program provides an opportunity for the athletes to give back to their community.