U.S. Figure Skating Announces Memorial Fund Grant Totals for 2008-09
(6/24/09) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today that a total of $305,925 was distributed to 163 eligible U.S. Figure Skating athletes by the Memorial Fund Athlete Grant program during the 2008-09 season.
“The generosity of our U.S. Figure Skating members and friends has once again made it possible for the Memorial Fund to encourage our athletes to pursue their skating and academic careers through financial support,” said Leslie Gianelli, U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund committee chair.
Created to honor the members of the 1961 World Figure Skating Team who perished in Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Memorial Fund's mission is to provide qualified U.S. Figure Skating skaters in need of financial aid with monetary assistance to pursue their goals both inside and outside the competitive arena. The fund is committed to awarding skating and academic scholarships to athletes who have demonstrated excellent competitive results and/or academic achievements and who have future potential in national and international competitions.
Throughout the 2008-09 season, 123 athletes received an average of $2,117 in Competitive Skaters Assistance Program grants, and 40 athletes received an average of $1,138 in Academic Scholarship Program grants.
“Each and every grant represents an expression of faith and promise in our athletes,” Gianelli said.
"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the generous support of the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund,” reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny said. “As a recipient of this funding for training and education, I have been able to continue to strive to reach my goals both as an athlete and as a student."
To learn more about the Memorial Fund, visit www.usfigureskating.org. To make a tax deductible contribution to the Memorial Fund, visit www.givetousfigureskating.org.