Final 2020 Grant Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               May 20, 2020

Contact: Anne Warner Cribbs, 415.264.2067

USA Olympian 1960

Northern California Olympians and Paralympians Association

Announce Recipients of 2020 Grant Awards

2020 Travel and Training Grants for Olympic and Paralympic Hopefuls

San Francisco, CA……The Northern California Olympians and Paralympians Association (NCOPA), a chapter of the USOPC Alumni Organization, announced the recipients of the NCOPA grant program.  A total of $4,950 was distributed to the following 2021 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls:

                  Robyn Stevens – Track & Field – 20km & 50km Race Walk

                  Sabrina Massialas – Fencing Women’s Foil

                  Alexander Massialas – Fencing Men’s Foil

                  Shannon Rowbury – Track & Field 1500m/5000m

                  Russel Gernaat – Paralympic – Rowing

                  Meghan O’Leary – Rowing, Women’s Double Sculls

                  Liam Rivington Corrigan – Rowing, Men’s Heavyweight 8+ and 4-

                  Nikhil Kumer – Table Tennis- Men’s Singles/Doubles/Teams

                  Katie Holloway – Paralympic -Sitting Volleyball

NCOPA Travel and Training grants provide direct financial assistance to athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to qualify for future Olympic or Paralympic Teams. Funds are to be used for coaching, specialized training, equipment and travel.

Jim Schmitz, chair of the NCOPA Grant Program and Olympian (Weightlifting), explains, “This is the ninth time, since 1988, the NCOPA has awarded Travel & Training Grants.  The total number, including 2019 grantees is now 94 – and it is always exciting to help provide funding for Olympians and Paralympians from Northern California – to be able to help future Olympians and Paralympians from our hometowns.”

Barbra Higgins, NCOPA Treasurer, (Fencing) in distributing the checks, wrote to the grantees, “On behalf of the NCOPA board, we hope this contribution to your efforts, during these uncertain times, gives you comfort knowing we are behind you and cheering you on.  Stay strong and well!  And know we believe in you.” 

Julie Nichols, current NCOPA Chair and Olympian (Rowing) added “We are so proud to award these grants this year, especially in this difficult time for athletes in training.  We hope these grants will provide a bit of help as you continue to train for Tokyo 2021.”

Funds for the NCOPA Travel and Training Grant Program come from the proceeds of the NCOPA Welcome Home Olympians and Paralympians Dinner, held every four years, just after the Olympic and Paralympic Games and from contributions from Olympians and Paralympians from past teams and community members. 

For more information on the grant program and a list of the previous award winners,

The Northern California Olympians and Paralympians (NCOPA) is an organization of Olympians and Paralympians from past and present teams who live and work in Northern California. The NCOPA offers fellowship to past and current Olympic and Paralympic team members and coaches, coordinates appearances at youth, community and corporate events; and supports an active, visible, nationwide and worldwide Olympian organization. The NCOPA is a chapter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Alumni Association.  Membership in the Northern California Olympians and Paralympians is open to all Olympians and Paralympians from any country. For more information, please see