Hurricane-affected teams invited to apply for NSAF Development Grants (Sept. 30 deadline)

by Steve Underwood

(updated 9/14/17)

The deadline for the NSAF's annual Cedric Walker Development Grant has been extended to September 30, 2017 (from Sept. 15) to accommodate applications from teams and clubs affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The NSAF strongly encourages teams and clubs from Texas, Florida and other states affected by the storms to APPLY HERE. These grants are designed to help with purchases of equipment, facility repair and restoration, meeting the needs of student-athletes and much more. 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. They are not available for travel to NSAF events.

The application process is also open for the NSAF’s other annual grant program for 2017-18, the Tony Wells Team/Club Development Grant (deadline Jan. 15, 2018).

These grants are awarded annually – the Cedric Walker typically in late September and the Tony Wells typically in early February. Inaugurated in 2013, the grants 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.

Again, applications for the Cedric Walker Development Grant are HERE and will be accepted until September 30, 2017. The awardees will be notified no later than October 15, 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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