USATF ILLINOIS GIVING WEEK
The USATF Illinois Association will host its first annual “Giving Week” June 17 - 23, 2019. 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 7-day event. Every donation will be entered into a random drawing to win cool prizes* and clubs have a chance to earn money just for spreading the word. You can also give back by serving as a volunteer at one of our events!
WAYS TO GIVE
GIVE BACK THROUGH SERVICE
GIVING WEEK DOCUMENTS
CLUB FUNDRAISING REVSHARE
Got the gift of gab? Encourage everyone you know to donate during USATF Illinois Giving Week. Your club will receive credit for a referral if the donor places your club name or number in the notes/comments section online or on the donation form. The club with the most money referred will receive 5% of all donations. * Download and share the promotional flyer and donation form.
* Only current USATF Member Clubs are eligible for the RevShare program. 50/50 raffle ticket sales are not included in the Club Fundraising RevShare Program.
RANDOM DRAWING PRIZES
Every donation received during USATF Illinois Giving Week (Monday, June 17 – Sunday, June 23) will be entered into the random drawing for an Active Stretch Tool ($30 value - three individual winner) and full-event admission wristbands to the 2019 USATF Region 7 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships ( $20 value- two individual winners). Any donation of $15 or more will be entered to win a Nike USATF Vapor Energy 2.0 Backpack ($85 value - one individual winner).
50/50 raffle tickets will be sold during the 2019 USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Championships at Benedictine University. Tickets will be available for purchase at Packet Pickup or the gate admission booth for $1/each. Purchaser must clearly write name and contact number on drawing stub. 50% of all raffle ticket sales will go toward the Giving Week Fund. The remaining 50% will we awarded to the raffle winner!
Announcement of Winners
Winners for the random drawing prizes will be announced by Monday 7/8/19 using the contact information providved during online donation or donation form. Donors may only receive on random drawing prize regardless of the number of donations submitted during Giving Week.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle will be announcement before the start of the 4x400m finals on Sunday, June 23rd and notified using the contact information provided ont the ticket sub. The 50/50 raffle winner need not be present to win and has until 7/5/19 to claim their prize.
All donors will be recognized in a post- event summary email. Donors can request to remain anonymous in the notes/comment section of PayPal or on their donation form.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Why a “Giving Week?”
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 Giving Week 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). We have recommended donation amounts online, but you can enter any amount online above $1.00.
Remember, Only donations $15 or more will be entered in to win the Nike USATF Vapor Energy 2.0 Backpack.
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 Week. Due to the gambling nature of the 50/50 raffle, tickets will only be sold to individuals who are 18 years of age or older. ID may be requested to confirm age at the time of purchase.
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 Week. However, only donations received on or before June 23, 2019 will be eligible for prizes. Mailed donations must be postmarked by 6/23/19 to be eligible for prizes.
May I donate to USATF outside of the Giving Week?
How can I provide a donation?
The multiple ways to donate are listed above; online, mail, and in-person at the 2019 USATF Illinois Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. 50/50 raffle purchases will also go toward the USATF Illinois Giving Week Fund.
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 is my donation spent?
100% of the donations collected through USATF Illinois Giving Week will be placed into a fund to help the Association with general operating costs. These include, but are not limited to, equipment, facility rentals, officials’ stipends, and athlete financial assistance. Money will not be used toward salaries.
How do I participate in the Club Fundraising RevShare?
It’s easy! Ensure you are a 2019 USATF member club and simply tell people to enter your club name or number in the notes/comments section online or space provided on the donation form.
May I win multiple random drawing prizes?
Only one random drawing prize will be issued to a single donor regardless of the number of donations endered for the donor. We want to give everyone a chance to receive a prize. But, the more donations entered the more chances to receive a single prize!
When will I know if I won a random drawing prize?
Random drawing prizes will be announced by Monday 7/8/19. We want to ensure we accurately account for all donations including those donations placed in the mail. The winner of the 50/50 raffle will be announcement before the start of the 4x400m finals on Sunday, June 23rd and notified using the contact information provided on the ticket sub. The 50/50 raffle winner need not be present to win and has until 7/5/19 to claim their prize. We also want time to learn more about the winners and acknowledge them appropriately in our post-event summary email.
What if I am not interested in the random drawing?
Not a problem. Please make a request to exclude you from the drawing in the notes/comments section online or space provided on the donation form.
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