Allyson Felix, one of the most accomplished track and field athletes of all time, was honored for her career achievements with the 2022 USATF Legacy Award at the Night of Legends.
The award celebrates an athlete whose outstanding career accomplishments, both on and off the track, leave a lasting, immeasurable impact on the sport.
Felix capped off a legendary international career with a pair of medals at the World Championships in Eugene, adding a gold in the women’s 4x400m relay to take her lifetime tally to 14, the highest by any athlete. She also earned bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay and ended up with 20 total medals in 10 trips to the global championship meet.
Last year at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Felix surpassed Carl Lewis as the most decorated American track and field Olympian as she earned her 11th career Olympic medal with a 4x400m relay gold.
A five-time Olympian, Felix currently holds two world records – 40.82 in the 4x100m relay, set at the 2012 Olympic Games, and 3:09.34 in the mixed 4x400m relay, set in 2019 at the World Championships in Doha. As an advocate and champion for working moms, including athletes, Felix’s mark on the sport is felt outside of the oval as well.
She partnered with Athleta and &Mother earlier this year to provide childcare at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships. Furthering that impact, Felix teamed with Athleta and the Women’s Sports Foundation to create The Power of She Fund to provide more than $200,000 in grants to athlete moms to help cover childcare during training and competition.
Track and field athlete moms impacted by this grant include Natasha Hastings and Tokyo teammates Aliphine Tuliamuk and Gwen Berry.
Getting a jump start on her post-competition career in 2020, Felix and her brother, Wes, established Saysh, a footwear and apparel brand designed to disrupt and undermine inequality by showcasing and supporting women.
Felix’s efforts, both on and off of the track, have established a lasting legacy that will continue to inspire generations of girls and women around the world in sport and beyond.