LIVERMORE, Calif., May 22, 2019 – The Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation (AGF) will award $15,500 in grants to 13 acrobatic gymnasts for the 2019 season. In its fourth year, the AGF established the Athlete Assistance Grant program to provide needs-based financial support to U.S. acrobatic gymnasts competing at all levels. 2019 is the first year the National Gymnastics Foundation (NGF) provided a grant to support the Athlete Assistance Grant program.
“We are thrilled to provide a grant program that is specifically dedicated to helping athletes in our beloved sport,” said Kristin Allen, former acrobatic gymnastics World champion and AGF founder. “This year we are so proud to be able to give more than ever before thanks to the generosity of the NGF.”
Since 2016, the AGF has awarded $45,000 to athletes, ranging from Level 6 through senior elite national team members, to help fund training, competition and travel expenses.
“The Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation continues to meaningfully help acrobatic athletes to realize their competitive dreams,” said Ryan Ward, director of acrobatic gymnastics for USA Gymnastics. “USA Gymnastics looks forward to continuing its partnership with the AGF and its mission to support U.S. acrobatic gymnasts in 2019 and beyond.”
For further information about the 2019 Athlete Assistance Grant program go to www.iheartacro.org.
The AGF is the only national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on supporting acrobatic gymnastics. Funds are raised through several AGF programs, including the popular #iheartacro Bash at the USA Gymnastics Championships, private donations, the sale of #iheartacro merchandise and a generous grant from the National Gymnastics Foundation. AGF’s mission is to enrich our community, provide athlete funding, and create a sustainable platform to engage and empower acrobatic athletes.”
To make a tax-deductible donation to the AGF, go to www.iheartacro.org. To receive AGF announcements regarding upcoming programs and events, please email [email protected]. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation Facebook page features regular news and updates.