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The 2016 Black Tie & Sneakers Gala
USA Track and Field legend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, accepting her Legacy Award at the 2016 Black Tie and Sneakers Gala at The Armory in NYC on Nov. 3Photo Courtesy of  USATF


USA Track and Field legend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, accepting her Legacy Award at the 2016 Black Tie and Sneakers Gala at The Armory in NYC on Nov. 3

Photo Courtesy of  USATF

USA Track and Field Celebrates Greatest Legends at the 2016
Black Tie & Sneakers Gala at The Armory in New York City, November 3


Event honored Olympic champions and Team USA's historic 32 medals

at the 2016 Olympic Games



New York - USA Track & Field celebrated its iconic legends and 2016 Olympic stars at the second annual USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala at The Armory in Manhattan on November 3. The dinner, benefiting USATF's Elite Mentorship Program, featured the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2016 induction ceremony as well as the Legacy and Groundbreaker Awards presentations. 


WHAT:                  The USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala brought together the sport's past and future stars to support the USATF Elite Mentorship Program and Hall of Fame. Those honored included Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Legacy Award), Dick Fosbury (Legacy Award) the USATF Foundation/Bob Greifeld, CEO (Groundbreaker Award), as well as the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees: Buddy Edelen, Al Feuerbach, Connie Price-Smith, Butch Reynolds and Frank Zarnowski.


The Elite Mentorship connects USATF top athletes with business executives, former athletes and career coaches to prepare them for success after their competitive careers conclude. USATF Hall of Fame is the sport's highest honor and boasts over 250 legends since its establishment in 1974.


WHO:                   Max Siegel, CEO of USATF

Bob Greifeld, Chairman of USA Track and Field Foundation

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, USATF legend

Dick Fosbury, USATF legend

Matthew Centrowitz, Gold Medalist, Men?s 1500m

Will Claye, Silver Medalist, Men's Triple Jump

Michelle Carter, Gold Medalist, Women's Shot Put

Kristi Castlin, Bronze Medalist, Women's 100m Hurdles

Justin Gatlin, Silver Medalist, Men's 100m

Dalilah Muhammad, Gold Medalist, Women's 400m Hurdles

Nia Ali, Silver Medalist, Women's 100m Hurdles

Natasha Hastings, Gold Medalist, Women's 4x400

Jefferey Henderson, Silver Medalist, Men's Long Jump

Sandi Morris, Silver Medalist, Women's Pole Vault

Paul Chelimo, Silver Medalist, Men's 500m

Ashley Spencer, Bronze Medalist, Women's 400m Hurdles

Shannon Rowbury, Women's 1500m

Queen Harrison, Women's 400m Hurdles

Dwight Phillips, 2004 Gold Medalist, Men's Long Jump

Jenn Suhr, two-time Olympic Medalist (gold-2012, silver-2008), Women's Pole Vault


WHERE:               The Armory

168 Fort Washington Ave 

New York, NY 10032



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