November 19, 2020 – The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation has long been known for its Indoor and Outdoor Nationals and its Great American Cross Country Festival. Fewer people know that the NSAF – a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization – also annually leads international development trips, runs several high performance development programs, and distributes tens of thousands of dollars in grants every year.
As the nation works through COVID-19 surges and a hoped-for recovery in 2021, the NSAF wishes to continue all of these programs that positively impact thousands of student-athletes each year, despite the loss of all three of the above-mentioned meets in 2020 to the coronavirus. The NSAF strives to restore all of its meets and programs and is today reaching out to the track & field community to help it do so by creating the NSAF Legacy Fund.
The NSAF invites the track & field community to “Leave your legacy today, so they can leave theirs tomorrow,” and provides opportunities to make one-time or monthly tax-deductible donations, “Today, Tomorrow, Together.” The goal is to raise $250,000 by the end of the year, enabling us to restore these important development programs.
Since its inception in 1990, the NSAF has helped over 220,000 student athletes through its national championships and high-performance programs, while distributing more than $4 million in travel grants and development grants. The national championships are a big part of providing resources for those efforts.
“We have been privileged to positively impact the lives of thousands of track & field athletes, their teams and families for 30 years,” said Executive Director Jim Spier. “In these unprecedented times, we are reaching out to all corners of the track & field community to help us be able to continue this mission. Whether you are one of the 323 NSAF alumni who have gone on to make Olympic teams, one of the 300-plus alumni who are current or former NFL players, or whether you’re a coach, parent or former athlete who has benefitted from one of our programs – we are reaching out to you to be part of this mission going forward.”
The new Legacy Fund site includes thrilling NSAF highlight videos, testimonials from NSAF alums who have reached the Olympic pinnacle, and deeper “stories from the field” of track & field athletes and teams around the country who have been positively impacted. There’s also a section that provides the opportunity for athletes, alums, coaches, parents and anyone else touched by the NSAF to tell their stories.
The Legacy Fund Champions include the likes of Olympic and World Championship medalists Sanya Richards Ross, Jenny Simpson, Noah Lyles, Kenny Harrison and Meb Keflezighi, as well as those still striving for the Olympic podium, like Keturah Orji – whose words, “I would not be where I am today without the NSAF,” provide the moving conclusion to the highlights video.
For more information on the NSAF Legacy Fund, visit NSAFLegacyfund.com.
About the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, Inc.
The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) was founded in 1990. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of opening doors to the world for our youth, through athletics, and providing them opportunities to succeed. That includes supporting high school and junior-aged track and field athletes in the US through national high school competitions, including the NSAF Indoor and Outdoor Nationals; The Great American XC Festival and HBCU Challenge; and the American Javfest and Ironwood Throws Classic. It also includes Team NSAF international competition and team-building events in Cuba and Iceland; clinics and event-specific special projects, such as Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump; vigorous grant programs, which enable high school athletes to compete around the country, at USATF Junior Nationals, and internationally; and with program development grants, which are awarded in the winter and fall each year. The NSAF provides approximately $250,000 in grants annually. For more information about the NSAF, please visit NationalScholastic.org.