Adopt an Athlete

Middle Distance runner Stephanie Schappert of the New Jersey New York Track Club is a proud participant in the Foundation’s Adopt an Athlete Program. 

“My personal experience with the Adopt an Athlete program and getting to know the family that supports me has far exceeded my expectations.  This year was particularly challenging for me as I dealt with a few setbacks and injuries.  The recovery process has been lengthy, but I’m moving in the right direction now. The additional financial support I received from the Foundation was extremely helpful, as many of my treatments were not covered by insurance and were quite expensive. While I am extremely grateful for the financial support, I love the nature of the grant and how it allowed me to meet a wonderful family.”

At the highest levels, a tenth of a second or just a centimeter can mean the difference between gold and silver on the medal stand, or no medal at all. Often times, these margins can be decided by purely economic reasons. Since the margin of victory is usually minute, an innovative training program or an additional competitive opportunity can make all the difference. Unlike other Olympic teams that receive government aid, it is only through private support that Team USA athletes gain access to state-of-the-art equipment and training facilities, elite coaching, and advanced sports medicine. Through the generosity of individuals in the track and field community and our Adopt an Athlete program, Team USA will have the resources necessary to remain the world’s #1 Track & Field Team.

You will share in the Olympic journey by giving an elite athlete the resources necessary to be competitive on the grandest of all competitive stages, the Olympic Games. You may select the particular event in which you choose to sponsor an athlete.

Specifically, your contribution will help cover the following expenses directly associated with Olympic training:

  • Top-level coaching
  • Domestic & international competitions
  • Training expenses (room & board)
  • Health insurance
  • Modern equipment & facilities


On an even more personal level, your gift will impact the day-to-day life of an Olympian-in-training. Elite American athletes frequently put their careers on hold to live the Olympic dream. This can mean part-time jobs and sacrificing time with family and friends. Your gift provides financial stability and lessens the stress of funding training expenses.

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