INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation has released $20,000 to support the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant program, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs & Planning, and program originator, the program offers travel assistance grants to eligible youth clubs across the country for their athletes who qualify to compete at national youth and junior championship events.

Since 2006, the USATF Foundation has contributed more than $120,000 to the Springer program. Clubs awarded a grant must participate in USATF’s Win With Integrity program by having their athletes complete the Win With Integrity Pledge Form, which will be provided upon receipt of the grant. 2012 Mark Springer Travel Grant award recipients will be announced in early May.

In support of youth clubs nationwide, the Foundation encourage youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance. The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach.