William E Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes

By Jane Puracchio Wojnarowsky | June 05, 2012, 12:56 p.m. (ET)



Re:       William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes


If you have any questions about the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes, please contact:

  • Jane Wojnarowsky at jwojnarowsky@usarollersports.org or 402-483-7551 ext. 12 (USARS Figure Sport Director)
  • Ricci Porter at rporter@usarollersports.org or 402-483-7551 ext. 14 (USARS Speed Sport Director)
  • Brent Benson at bbenson@usarollersports.org or 402-483-7551 ext. 13 (USARS Hockey Sport Director)

USA Roller Sports (USARS) is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the national governing body for competitive roller sports in the United States. USARS is dedicated to creating, enhancing and conducting the best competitions and programs for roller sports. We instill the drive to win and be the absolute best in sports and in life.


Click Here to go to William E Simon Olympic Endowment Page 

(additional information and fact sheet download)


To:       NGB Executive Directors

NGB High Performance Directors

Athletes’ Advisory Council


From:   Alan Ashley, Chief of Sport Performance


Date:    June 1, 2012


Re:       William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes


The USOC is accepting grant applications, via an online system, for the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes.  Information and instructions to access the online application are attached to this email.  The deadline to request a password to the online system is 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, October 3,

2012. The deadline for completing the application process is 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, October 8, 2012.


Past USOC President William E. Simon, Sr. established the endowment in 1998 with a

$1 million gift.  Grants distributed from endowment earnings are to be used for training and competition expenses.  Preference will be given to athletes not already receiving financial support from either the USOC or



General eligibility requirements

  •     U.S. citizenship and eligible/intends to compete for the U.S.
  •     Currently in training and competition
  •     Demonstrated financial need in order to continue training


Acceptance Terms

  •     Athlete must write a donor acknowledgement letter
  •     Athlete agrees to complete a progress report summarizing training and competition during the grant year
  •     Athlete understands that awards will be paid in two installments


We suggest that directors target athletes in particularly merit worthy situations—hardship cases in which an athlete cannot pay his or her insurance premium, for example—and recommend these athletes apply for a grant.  Please email the identified athletes the attached fact sheet which contains complete instructions.


Applications are processed by Sport Performance; however, number of awards, recipients, and size of grants are determined by the endowment’s Board of Trustees. We expect to announce the board’s decisions in late January 2013.


Please contact your Sport Performance Manager or email questions to simon.grant@usoc.org, and thank you for assisting us in distributing this information.