The Level Field Fund strives to bridge gaps in funding for uniquely talented athletes, following the belief that opportunities to pursue excellence in sport should not be limited by an athlete’s financial situation.
While an athlete’s success is clearly driven by their ability to perform at the highest level, it is also dependent upon financial support.
Individual commitment and costs during entry level stages of participation in a sport are relatively minimal. However, as athletes progress and their potential rises, so too do the related development demands and associated costs for training and competing – including more specialized instruction, equipment, event entry fees and travel.
Many athletes with the potential to compete at world-class levels have had to face the challenges of securing funding to pay for support essential to their continued development. Far too often, resource gaps have proven to be an impassible barrier for promising, yet financially challenged athletes.
The Level Field Fund is designed to offer qualified support to uniquely talented athletes whose opportunity to pursue excellence in sport would otherwise be limited by their financial situation.
Grants may be awarded to cover costs related to training, coaching, equipment, and / or event participation, including related travel expenses
Funding evaluation shall include assessment of an applicant’s:
- financial need
- unique athletic potential
- requested use of funds
- availability of alternative sources of funding
- NCAA amateur eligibility status
Benefits of the Level Field Fund shall be limited to uniquely talented applicants who are current residents of the United States
Benefits under this program shall not duplicate or displace benefits available from other sources, except that benefits may be given to supplement otherwise available funding where it can be shown that such funding does not or only partly meets a demonstrated need
Recipients shall not use grant funds in any manner other than to cover the expenses specified in the grant award
Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers, founder of the Ross Powers Foundation and the Level Field Fund, grew up in a single-parent household with limited financial resources. Despite his talent, drive, and commitment, he would not have had the chance to succeed in the sport of snowboarding without generous financial support from individuals in his community.
Since its formation in 2001, the Ross Powers Foundation has been committed to supporting the growth of world-class performers by offering assistance to promising athletes with financial need, following the belief that one’s opportunity to achieve excellence in sport should not be limited by their economic situation.
The impact of the Ross Powers Foundation has been real and has positively affected athletes well beyond its roots in snowboarding. The Foundation has provided critical funding to dozens of deserving athletes from across the United States competing in sports ranging from snowboarding to skateboarding, skiing to kayaking, and skeleton to taekwando. Thanks to the support of of the Foundation, grant recipients have further advanced their athletic pursuits and achieved success that otherwise would not have been possible in national and international competitions, including representing Team USA in the Olympic Games.
Through his own personal experience, and through the efforts of his Foundation, Ross has witnessed first-hand the existance of a critical gap in funding that serves as a major barrier for talented athletes. Seeking to expand his efforts and bridge the gap in athlete funding on a larger scale, Powers has joined forces with leading athletes from a variety of sports to establish a new Foundation program, the Level Field Fund.
The Ross Powers Foundation is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization and as other than a private foundation within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 509(a).