Three gymnasts receive grants from William Simon Olympic Endowment
posted on 03/18/2011

John Orozco and Alexis Page

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 18, 2011 Acaa The trustees for The William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes have awarded a total of $61,000 in grants to 18 men and women, including three gymnasts, pursuing their dreams of representing the United States at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The three gymnasts are Mikayla Magee of League City, Texas, who trains at MGA Elite Gymnastics; John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y., who is currently a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center; and Alexis Page of Harlem, N.Y., a rhythmic gymnast who trains at Aviator Sports and Recreation.

Established in 1998 with a gift of $1 million from its namesake, the William E. Simon Olympic Endowment for the Support of Athletes provides funds to supplement athlete's training and competition expenses. Since the program's inception, trustees for the Simon Endowment have awarded $600,000 to 125 athletes.

In addition to the three gymnasts, the 2011 recipients are: biathlon Acaa Grace Boutot; fencing Acaa Jimmy Moody, Ibtihaj Muhammad; rowing Acaa Kelsie Chaudoin; speedskating Acaa Kelly Gunther; swimming (Paralympics) Acaa Michael Hughes, Ileana Rodriguez, Joseph Underwood; taekwondo Acaa Jayson Grant; track and field Acaa Keshia Baker, Valerie Brown; and track and field (Paralympics) Acaa Zena Cole, Kristen Messer, Daniel Rizzieri, Daphne Wright.

Orozco and Page are currently members of their respective U.S. National Team.

Spanning nearly four decades until his death in 2000, Simon did much to further the goals and ideals of the Olympic Movement in the United States. He served as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1981-85 and held several additional titles during his tenure with the USOC, including board member and treasurer. In 1964, Simon spearheaded a USOC national fundraising campaign, received the Silver Award of the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 1985 and was later inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991. In addition to his success in private business, President Nixon appointed Simon as 63rd Secretary of the Treasury in 1974, a post to which he was reappointed by President Ford and held until 1977.

Grants from the Simon Endowment are awarded annually. Applications for the 2011-12 grant year will be available from the sport National Governing Bodies in July 2011 and accepted through September, with the trustees announcing awards in early 2012. Members of Simon's family serve as trustees for the Simon Endowment, as well as for the William E. Simon Foundation which is based in New York.