SUPPORTING AND GROWING TRACK AND FIELD DREAMS
Founded in 2002 the USA Track and Field Foundation is a philanthropic venture to support track and field athletes and initiatives in the United States.
Tom Jackovic, CEO of the foundation explains theirs is one of the largest in the Olympic sport line up with a clear mission that guides how they support growing the sport and supporting elite athletes.
The USATF Foundation mission is “to support the development of emerging elite athletes, while fostering integration within the broader track & field community. To facilitate the physical, educational, social and character development of youth track & field athletes and to help prepare them to mature and succeed in adult life.”
There are two key areas that the foundation supports:
- Elite Athlete Development: This program offers support to elite-level athletes with their eyes on competing in the Olympic Games, a World Championship event, or other Team USA competitions.
- Youth Club Grant Program: This initiative provides opportunities for youth athletes via track and cross country clubs.
As with all foundations, the USATF Foundation relies major donations and fundraising to be able to fulfill its mission. Tom Jackovic further explains that philanthropy and corporate partners are crucial to growing the impact of the foundation.
Elite athletes needs are met by grants to support travel, room and board, coaching and other living expenses. Each year the USATF Foundation supports in the range of 150 athletes.
In 2021 the foundation awarded its first Maternity Grant to marathon elite Aliphine Tuliamuk who finished first in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
During the pandemic, grants like those from the USATF Foundation were more important than ever. Earnings and opportunities for athletes were limited as athletes navigated and prepared for a very uncertain year.
GROWING THE TRACK EXPERIENCE
Youth clubs and other teams are also eligible to apply for grants to expand and support their programs. With funds available for equipment, facility rental, travel and race fees.The goal is to support the next generation of athletes in both track and cross country by expanding access across economic and ethnic groups.
USATF FOUNDATION X CHAMPION
Ahead of the games in Tokyo, JackRabbit will be showcasing a collection of apparel supporting the USATF Foundation.
The Foundation has collaborated with Champion to raise funds for track and field initiatives in this important sporting year.