NSAF looks forward to new chapter after departure of New Balance

by Steve Underwood

May 8, 2020 – The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation is looking forward to the next chapter in its 30-year history of presenting high school national championship competition after the NSAF and New Balance chose not to renew their expiring meet contracts. These contracts, originally created in 2010, concluded this year.

The NSAF first launched, hosted and produced its own national championship meets for the country’s best high school track & field athletes in 1991, when athletes like Olympian Amy Acuff gathered to compete in Van Nuys, Calif. It has continued to do so every year since, with title sponsors over the years such as Foot Locker, American Airlines, adidas, Nike and – since 2010 – New Balance.

“These are very challenging times for a lot of companies and organizations,” said NSAF Executive Director Jim Spier. “We appreciate the 10-year relationship we had with New Balance. We are thankful for what they have brought to our events. But after each such transition we’ve taken our meets to new heights and we fully intend to keep growing and serving high school track and field athletes.”

As the nation and world continue to deal with and heal from the effects of the coronavirus, the NSAF continues to look for ways to provide opportunities for high school athletes as we have for the past 30 years.

“We will continue to hold true to our mission of opening doors to the world for our youth, through track & field, and providing them with opportunities to succeed,” said NSAF COO Joy Kamani. “All of the events we own and host help fulfill this mission.”

The NSAF will be announcing soon a new title sponsor for its indoor and outdoor events.

Meanwhile, the NSAF remains committed to providing track and field opportunities for student-athletes and on Friday will be announcing with AthleticNET an exciting new virtual national competition. Stay tuned!

CONTACT: Steve Underwood, Director of Media & Public Relations, NSAF

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 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.

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