It’s a false start. Eight months after announcing hopes to hand out money to elite masters headed for Malaga worlds and reward them for medals, national chair Rex Harvey says the plan is a DNS for this year. “We have not been able to find a sponsor, but still working on this for future years,” Rex told me this week.
As you may recall from my post on Rex’s report at the Ohio annual meeting, the plan had three parts — “Championships Facilitators, financial support for those ranking in the top six in the world in an event, and awards for medals.”
He said Team USA age-groupers ranking in the top six in the world would get $400, $350, $300, $250, $200 and $100 depending on the ranking with a maximum total per athlete of $1,500. The plan also said: “Financial awards for medals is proposed to be $400 for gold, $200 for silver, and $100 for bronze, again with a $1,500 maximum per athlete.”
Methinks a sponsor — like a shoe or health company — could be lured with the promise of good-looking athletes becoming poster geezers for their ads. But it’ll take some experienced headhunters or grant-writers to make contacts with these companies.
Someone out there must have these skills. Make Toronto 2020 our goal for funding our superstars.
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So that massive 25 year contract USATF signed with Nike accrues zero benefit to Masters level athletes?
Isn’t that special.