Launched on July 23, 2020, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with Athletes' Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies, created the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund. The fund is intended to provide a one-time stipend to U.S. athletes who have incurred financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The USOPC has enlisted its fundraising arm, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, to work with its network of donors to raise funds, 100% of which will go directly to eligible athletes who are currently training and in contention to represent the U.S. at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games. The USOPF’s fundraising efforts around the fund will run through September 2020, with a target of providing direct financial support to athletes by November 2020.
In addition to the fund, the USOPC will continue to elevate athlete services and support, including strengthening efforts to promote mental and physical health, financial well-being through direct stipends and Elite Athlete Health Insurance, and high-performance support and training assistance.
For additional questions related to the athlete assistance fund, please see the athlete FAQ below.
FAQ For Athletes & NGBs
What is the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund?
How did the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund come to be?
Where is the money coming from?
Who is eligible?
Team USA athletes who are currently training and in contention to represent the U.S. at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games. Eligible athletes are those who, in 2019 or 2020, have represented the U.S. at an elite competition and in an event or discipline included on the Tokyo or Beijing Games program. Elite competitions, events and programs include:
• World Championships or highest level of competition(s) in your sport
• World Cup Circuit, Grand Prix or equivalent elite international competitions
• Elite national team member as verified by NGB/HPMO
To be eligible, athletes shall not be under a suspension or period of ineligibility—temporarily or otherwise—from USADA, the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a National Governing Body or International Federation.
What if I was named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team prior to the postponement of the Games, am I still eligible to request relief?
What if I was named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team prior to the postponement of the Games, but have since decided to retire?
What if my sport/discipline did not earn a qualifying spot to compete in Tokyo 2020 and all qualification processes are complete?
How do I submit a request for relief?
While the specific dates to submit a request for relief is still being finalized, the USOPC anticipates the submission period will open in the beginning of September and will remain open for roughly three weeks. Eligible athletes will submit a request for relief online through TeamUSA.org/COVIDAAF. Once open, you will be required to fill out the form in its entirety and submit as directed.
To be notified of the submission period opening, please visit TeamUSA.org/COVIDAAF and be sure to check the weekly athlete communication.
Can I submit a request on behalf of someone else?
How often can I submit a request relief?
Athletes can submit one request for relief. This is a one-time benefit intended to help elite Team USA athletes alleviate financial burden as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This financial relief is in addition to any existing support the athletes receive from their NGB or the USOPC. Funding will be sent to eligible athletes that have completed their submission and been approved by November 2020.
Exact dates will be announced.
How will my submission be processed?
When will I receive the money?
How much funding will I receive?
For More Information
If you have general questions about the fund, contact Athlete Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need confidential, independent advice or assistance in resolving a concern or dispute, please contact the Office of the Athlete Ombudsman at email@example.com or 719-866-5000.
If you are interested in learning more about the fundraising efforts for the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund, please visit https://www.teamusa.org/US-Olympic-and-Paralympic-Foundation/CovidAAF To learn more about the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund, visit http://www.oorf.org/.