Nwaba one of the thirteen athletes selected to receive grant contributing to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track & field athletes

From USA Track & Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – The USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded Elite Athlete Development Grants to 13 athletes, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track & field athletes. The USA Track & Field Foundation supports elite athletes as they strive to achieve their dream of competing in an Olympic Games, a World Championship or other Team USA competitions. The Foundation provides assistance to athletes that meet its grant application criteria, including income thresholds and performance standards.

The 13 athletes that will be awarded Foundation grants in the amount of $3,000 each are:

JOHN W. JAMES GRANTEES

Tia Brooks – shot put
Brittany Borman – javelin throw
Amber Campbell – hammer throw
Kibwe Johnson – hammer throw
Aubrey Baxter – hammer throw

ELITE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT GRANTEES

Chanelle Price – 800 meters
Bryshon Nellum – 400 meters
Jeremy Taiwo – decathlon
Jeff Eggleston – marathon
Mark Hollis – pole vault
Tyron Stewart – long jump
Barbara Nwaba – heptathlon
Chris Benard – triple jump & long jump

“This new group of grantees represents an excellent mix of emerging young athletes and more seasoned competitors, all of whom have the potential to achieve great things at the Olympic level,” exclaimed Board Director Preston Johnson.

Combined with grants that the Foundation awarded early this year the USA Track & Field Foundation has awarded $231,000 so far to emerging elite athletes in 2014.

Additionally, these athletes will have the opportunity to appear at various elementary and middle schools across the country in the USA Track & Field Foundation’s Run With US! program. The Run With US! program inspires children to live active, healthy lives through an innovative digital game and through energizing school visits by first class athlete role models. The program provides an opportunity for the elite athletes and Olympians to give back to their community.