The USA Track & Field Foundation, in coordination with the Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw Fund, awarded 13 youth hammer throwers with training grants for the 2015 season today. Read more
Next week the recipients of the 2015 USATF Foundation Youth Hammer Throw Grants will be announced. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the hammer grants and in perperation of the 2015 awards it is a perfect time to reflect on history of the grants and evaluate their effectiveness. Read more
It’s that time of the year again. The USATF Foundation Youth Hammer Throw Fund is now accepting applications for their 2015 grants, supported by the USATF Foundation. Since being started in 2005 by Olympic champion Harold Connolly, the USATF Foundation Youth Hammer Throw Grants Program has been dedicated to helping young hammer throwers across the country obtain the resources they need to succeed.
Finding the resources to become a successful thrower or coach is difficult. There is no doubt about it. If you assume that results will bring in the resources, then you are headed on a path for disappointment. But there are some resources out there that can help. The Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw Grants are one, but there are a few others that I have seen help a variety of throwers and clubs over the past few years that are worth pointing out. If you have other suggestions, please add them in the comments below.
USATF Foundation Elite Athlete Grants – The USATF Foundation has done a great job of supporting throwers over the past decade. They are the main contributor to the Harold Connolly Youth Hammer Throw Grants and also support several other programs. Their biggest financial contribution to the hammer throw has been by supporting elite athletes cover their training costs. And this support has grown since the creation of the John W. James Endowment. In 2013 six elite hammer throwers receiving financial assistance for the 2013 season.