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Deadline Approaches for 2012 Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant Program

03/26/2012 - 12:42

usatf_logo.gifThe deadline to apply for the 2012 Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant program is quickly approaching. The program works to aid in bringing athletes to the following USATF National Youth and Junior Championships:

June 15-17: USA Junior Outdoor T&F Championships Bloomington, IN

June 26-July 1: USA Youth Outdoor T&F Championships Arlington, TX

July 23-29: USATF National Junior Olympic T&F Championships Baltimore, MD

December 8: USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships Albuquerque, NM

Named after the former USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs & 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, more than $380,000 has been awarded to more than 360 clubs, with an average grant of $1,000, making it one of the most popular grass roots efforts and benefits of club membership.

We encourage you to apply early and highlight 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 by having their athletes complete the Win With Integrity pledge form which will be provided upon receipt of the grant.

Please complete the application and submit it to the USATF National Office no later than April 5, 2012. To be eligible for this program, your 2012 USATF club membership must be renewed by March 30th.

We wish every USATF member club the best of luck this year and look forward to seeing you at our National Championships. Thank you for your continued support of USATF!

To download the application, go to:

Please complete this application and return it no later than April 5, 2012 to:

Note: You can also fax the completed application to USATF, Attn: Dana Leenheer, at 1-800-833-1466 or mail forms to:

USA Track & Field
Attn: Youth Programs
132 E. Washington, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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