USATF ILLINOIS "28 Days of Giving" Campaign

The USATF Illinois Association will host a "28 Days of Giving Campaign" from June 13 - July 11, 2024. Members, fans, advocates, friends and supporters will have the opportunity to make a charitable donation to help support the organization and mission which is to encourage, improve and promote the sport of track and field in the state of Illinois.


Funds will go toward maintaining the Association which includes general operating costs, equipment, facility rentals, officials' stipends, and much more! Most importantly, monies raised support Illinois track and field athletes who, through the Association, can have competitive opportunities & participate in the sport they love, for life. USATF Illinois members have gone on to become successful collegiate and elite athletes and dozens have competed in international, World, and even Olympic competition! 


Donors of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to express their generosity during this  event. Every donation, regardless of size is crucial in helping us create and maintain competitive oportunities for athletes. Larger donations will receive special promotional benefits with the Association. Download the Sponsor Opportunities document below for complete details. 


Donate Online 

Donate online using the QR code above or visit:


In Person

Donate in-person at the 2024 USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship at Proviso East High School. Donations will be accepted at packet pickup



Mail In - Donation

Send donation payments to:

USATF Illinois Assocation

One Westbrook Corporate Center, Ste 300

Westchester, Illinois 60154

Must be postmarked by 7/11/24. Download the donation form below!




Giving Campaign Donation Form
2024 USATF Illinois Giving Campaign - Do[...]
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Giving Campaign Fundraising Flyer
USATF Illinois 2024 Giving Campaign.pdf
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Sponsor Benefits
2024 USATF IL Sponsorship Opportunities.[...]
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Got the gift of gab? Become a participant fundraiser and encourage everyone you know to donate during the USATF Illinois Giving Campaign. Those who assist, and raise a minimum of $100, will receive 10% of all funds raised through their efforts. Please reach out to for more information on how you can assist. 




All donors will be recognized in a post- event summary email. Donors can request to remain anonymous online and in the appropriate section of the mail-in donation form. 


Ruth Welding

2x World Masters Champion


I have been a USATF Illinois member since the mid 1990's. I was living in Indiana and was coming to meets in Illinois frequently so I changed my association membership because Indiana did not offer much for masters. My first Masters nationals was in 1990 in Indianapolis, 1991 was at North Central University in Naperville. Other than 1992, I have attended all the outdoor Masters nationals since 1990.


What I like most about the competition is that the meets are well organized, the officials are competent and it seems that the Illinois Association is always trying to improve how meets are run. (I have attended meets in other associations that have not offered all the events, inadequate facilities, poorly organized and not enough officials.)


I have competed in 2 World Masters TF Championships. Brisbane, Australia 2001 and Sacramento, Calif 2011. I won medals in both. In Sacramento, I won both the W55 hammer and weight throw.


The meets have been special not just for the competition but for the lifelong friends I have made because of them. But most of all I think of the late official, Lee Slick. He would encourage(nag) me to do better. He challenged me to do the hammer and the weight throw. With his guidance, I became a certified official. I am now a Master USATF Official.


I have been a throws official at 3 USATF Open Nationals and worked numerous NCAA D3 Nationals. Thank you, Lee Slick.


It is important for USATF Illinois to operate because it serves athletes of ALL ages. And through a well-organized group of officials, people can get involved with the sport as certified officials. There are also several USATF coaching courses offered locally to train those who wish to improve their knowledge of all aspects of the sport as a coach. 



Why a “Giving Campaign”

As a non-profit organization, USATF Illinois Association leaders volunteer their personal time to ensure athletes of all ages are afforded competitive track & field opportunities. We have many advocates, fans and friends who have expressed the desire to help the Association and want to show gratitude in a meaningful way. USATF Illinois "28 Day Giving Campaign" is a dedicated time of the year to “give back” and support the mission to encourage, improve and promote the sport of track and field in the state of Illinois. We know amazing things can be achieved when people come together in support of a cause!


Is there a donation minimum?

There is no minimum for offline donations (i.e. cash, check, or money order). Ther is a $20.00 onine donation minimum.



Do I have to be a member to donate?

No. We know we have friends, advocates and supporters who may not be USATF Illinois members at the moment. We welcome and appreciate all donations!


Do I have to be a certain age to donate?

No. There are no age restrictions to donate during USATF Illinois Giving Campaign. 


Can I make more than one donation?

Yes! There will be no limit on the number of times you can donate during USATF Illinois Giving Campaign. 


May I donate to USATF outside of the Giving Campaign?

Of course! More donation opportunities will be made available through .You can also contact to arrange for a donation at any time.


How can I provide a donation?

The multiple ways to donate are listed above; online/mobile, mail, and in-person at the 2024USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. 


Is the notes/comments section required with online payment or donation form?

No. This field is optional. However, Clubs who are participating in the Fundraising RevShare must encourage their donors to supply their club name or number in this space to receive credit. This space may also be used to request anonymity, decline participation in the drawing, or have your donation be in made in memory or recognition of a person(s).


Is my donation Tax Deductible?

USATF Illinois is a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and, as such, donations may be tax deductible to the contributor. All donors (online and offline) will receive an acknowledgement email which will serve as a “receipt.” Consult with your tax advisor regarding the tax deduction eligibility of your donation.


How can I help fundraise for USATF Illinois

Thank you for your interest in serviing as a fundraiser for USATF Ilinois. Those who assist, and raise a minimum of $100, will receive 10% of all funds raised through their efforts. Please reach out to for more information on how you can assist.




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