$50,000 available to Youth Clubs via Mark Springer Travel Grant Program

$50,000 available to Youth Clubs via Mark Springer Travel Grant Program

2009 Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program

In partnership with the USA Track & Field Foundation, we are pleased to announce the 2009 Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant program to aid in bringing athletes to the following USATF National Youth and Junior Championships: :

June 25-28 — USA Junior Outdoor T&F Championships — Eugene, OR
June 30-July 5 — USA Youth Outdoor T&F Championships —Ypsilanti, MI
July 28-August 2 — USATF National Junior Olympic T&F Championships — Greensboro, NC
December 12 — USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships — Reno, NV

Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs and Planning and originator of the program, the Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program offers travel assistance grants to eligible youth clubs across the country. Since 2000, the grants have helped clubs offset expenses related to travel to USATF National Championships. During this time, over $230,000 has been awarded to more than 230 clubs, with an average grant of $1000, making it one of the most popular grass roots efforts and benefits of club membership.

We encourage you to apply early and pay special attention to how the grant funds may be used for deserving members of your club. If your club has been awarded a travel grant in the past, we encourage you to provide history of how the funds were utilized (e.g. how many additional athletes were able to attend because of the grant, medal winners, etc.). Please note that these grants may only be used for the championships listed above and receipts for travel expenses must be submitted in order to receive grant reimbursement. Additionally, clubs awarded a grant must participate in the Win With Integrity program byhaving their athletes complete the Win With Integrity Pledge Form which will be provided upon receipt of the grant..

Please complete the application and return it to the USATF National Office no later than April 1, 2009. You can also fax the completed application to USATF at (317) 261-0481 or send it via email to [email protected]. To be eligible for this program, your 2009 USATF club membership must be renewed prior to March 20th.

We wish every USATF member club the best of luck this year and we look forward to seeing many of you at our National championships.

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