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Travel & Training Fund History

Winner Michelle Kwan dances on ice January 11, 2004 at the 2004 Skating Spectacular following the 2004 State Farm U. S. Figure Skating Championships at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by: A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Winner Michelle Kwan dances on ice January 11, 2004 at the 2004 Skating Spectacular following the 2004 State Farm U. S. Figure Skating Championships at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by: A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

We were the first — and only — charitable organization  to offer grants to aspiring women athletes with elite potential. Between 1984 and 2004, we awarded 1,200 grants to more than 950 aspiring women athletes. Many of these women went on to capture national championships and Olympic medals, including figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi, alpine skier Picabo Street and gymnast Kerri Strug among many others.

The Travel & Training Fund provides direct financial assistance to aspiring champions – in individual and team sports – with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance and rankings. Travel & Training grants allow serious female athletes a chance to fulfill their potential on the regional, national or international level through assistance for coaching, specialized training, equipment, athletic attire, and/or travel.

  • In 2014, eleven Travel & Training recipients competed at the Sochi Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games. Elana Meyers (2010, 2013 grantee) earned a silver medal in the women’s two-man bobsled event.
  • In 2012, thirty-one Travel & Training recipients including 11 individual athletes and three teams competed at the Olympic & Paralympic Summer Games. 8 of whom went on to win Team USA medals
  • In 2002, Travel & Training recipients won 4 of the 11 Olympic medals earned by U.S. women.
  • In 2000, Travel & Training recipients won 8 of the 40 Olympic medals earned by U.S. women.
  • In 1998, Travel & Training recipients won 3 of the 8 Olympic medals earned by U.S. women.
  • In 1996, Travel & Training recipients won 16 of the 38 Olympic medals earned by U.S. women.

Special thanks to our Travel & Training Fund partner Gatorade, who fuels the athletic performance of female athletes with their generous support.