Applications now open for NSAF’s Cedric Walker, Tony Wells development grants

by Steve Underwood

The application process has begun for the NSAF’s two annual grants to be awarded in 2017-18, the Cedric Walker Development Grant and the Tony Wells Team/Club Development Grant. These grants are awarded annually – the Cedric Walker typically in late September and the Tony Wells typically in early February.

These grants are for teams and clubs, designed to help them purchase equipment, improve facilities, meet the needs of their student-athletes, enable coaches’ education, and much more. They are not available for travel to NSAF events. Usually between 12 and 18 awards are given each cycle with an average amount of $700, and may be used for any reasonable purpose pertaining to the recipient’s track and field program.

The grants, both inaugurated in 2013, honor two late giants of the sport. Cedric Walker, who passed in March of that year, was an amazing coach, mentor and leader – founding the Flower City Track Club in New York, serving as a coach and manager for several U.S. national teams, and contributing in countless ways to our Foundation – including service on our Board of Directors. Please read "Cedric Walker - Irreplaceable" to learn more about Cedric and his impact.

Coach Tony Wells, who passed in 2012, was one of the country’s truly legendary club coaches – guiding the Colorado Flyers Track Club for more than 40 years. He coached national record-setting athletes in nearly every indoor short sprint and hurdle distance, as well as the shot put, and helped dozens of them to collegiate scholarships. For more on Coach Tony Wells and his legacy, please check out the links on this page.

As an additional dimension to the program, each recipient must also participate in a volunteer service program in their community. They are also encouraged to pledge to “Win with Integrity, a nod to a former USATF program that embodied much of the spirit of this grant and our Foundation.

Applications for the Cedric Walker Development Grant are HERE and will be accepted until September 15, 2017. The awardees will be notified no later than September 30, 2017. Applications for the Tony Wells Team/Club Development Grant are HERE and will be accepted until January 15, 2018. The awardees will be notified no later than February 1, 2018.


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