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  • The Foundation for Global Sports Development Launches "BOOST2020" Grant Program for High-Performance Athletes


    Los Angeles – July 22, 2020 – The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) is launching a new grant program, BOOST2020, designed to support high-performance athletes whose lives have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes who were poised to compete at the Summer Games have been blindsided by the sudden drop in training and competitions, and many are having to forgo training to focus on other pressing issues as a result of the pandemic. GSD intends to support these athletes and encourage them to continue their training with a renewed focus.

    The BOOST2020 grant program will temporarily replace the foundation’s annual Athletes in Excellence Award Program, which recognizes active or retired athletes who have demonstrated remarkable volunteerism or mentorship.
    “COVID-19 is presenting unique challenges to our sporting community, especially for those elite-level athletes who were training for the Summer Games. We’ve decided to adjust our award program to meet the needs of this community,” said Dr. Steven Ungerleider, GSD executive board member. “With our BOOST2020 grant program, we can pivot our funding to provide support to athletes who are most in need.”

    “The purpose of our BOOST2020 grant is to offset income losses experienced by the athletes,” explained David Ulich, GSD executive board member. “We know there are promising athletes whose aspirations for the Games are in jeopardy. We hope to help those athletes meet their basic needs – housing, food, and well-being – so they can refocus on training.”

    The application round opens today, July 21st. Athletes over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. In total, ten athletes will receive one-time grants of $10,000. More details on eligibility and requirements can be found on GSD’s website at

    Final selections will be guided by an Advisory Board, which includes the following members:

    • Carol Brown (Counselor)
    • Reynaldo Brown (Retired Olympian – High Jump)
    • Xavier Gonzalez (Deputy Managing Director, Sports & Event Learning and former CEO of the International Paralympic Committee)
    • Karin Korb (Retired Paralympian – Wheelchair Tennis)
    • Steve Mesler (Retired Olympian – Bobsledding and Founder of Classroom Champions)
    • John Moffet (Retired Olympian – Swimming)
    • Gabrielle Sabharwal (Publicist and PR Director)

    Athletes can learn more about the grant and start their application at Applications must be submitted by midnight PDT on August 10, 2020.

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