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.In partnership with the Athletes’ Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced on Oct. 20 that more than $1.4 million was raised for the COVID Athlete Assistance Fund by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, giving 1,220 U.S. athletes a supplemental one-time stipend of $1,163. The fund was established in July to assist 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.
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
How do I complete a COVID Athlete Assistance Fund submission form?
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?
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?
Can I complete a COVID Athlete Assistance Fund submission form on behalf of someone else?
How often can I submit a request relief?
When will I receive the money and 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/.