INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation recently announced 13 Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw grants, amongst them a 16 year old thrower from Rhode Island who had a personal best hammer throw of 177’9″ prior to his award and now, as a result of his grant, has improved considerably.

Upon hearing of his grant, the athlete sent the following thank you note to the Foundation Board and selection committee outlining his goals for 2013:

“I would like to thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the hammer grant. I have already bought new shoes, training equipment, and my own personal hammer with which I have already improved into the 190’s. My goal for the year is to reach 205′. Anything over that would be awesome, but I can settle at 205′. Another thing I purchased was a 5k hammer. This June, I plan on attending the qualifier meet in Illinois to compete for Youth Juniors which will be held in the Ukraine this year. Hopefully, with my new equipment and hard work, I can make that goal a reality. Thanks again so much! I look forward to improving from the use of items bought with the grant.”

Connolly Grant funds may only be used for specific hammer throw training and competition purposes. These grants are made possible through the support of the USATF Foundation and individual donors.

For more information, please visit HammerThrow.org.