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Help Pillow get to World Champs

My goal is to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in pole vaulting on August 8 in London, England. To qualify, I must place in the top three at the USA Championship meet on June 24 in Sacramento, California. I would love the opportunity to represent my family, friends, and the entire United States at the highest level of pole vault competition.

Throughout my career, I have been extremely fortunate to have such passionate and knowledgeable coaches: Kyle Bishop in Virginia, and David Butler at Rice University. In December, I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to train with Olympic gold medalist Tim Mack. With his help I had a very successful indoor season, placing 3rd at the Indoor USA Championships and jumping a personal best of 5.65 (18'6"). Training here has been spectacular. Surrounded by supportive teammates and a dedicated coach, I am inspired to master the art of pole vaulting. 

I am doing my best to support myself and reach my goal. I train 6 days a week (mornings and afternoons) and work two part-time jobs every evening. Unfortunately, USA Track and Field does not offer much support for developing athletes and I am unable to fully fund my dream on my own.

With that in mind, I am asking for the help of friends, family, and pole vault fans.

The following is a breakdown of my anticipated pole vault expenses for the months leading up to World Championships.

USA Championships:
Flights: ~$500
Baggage Fees (Poles): $300
Lodging: $200
Food: $100
Coaching/Facility Fees:
$750 ($250/month)
Equipment (spikes, training shoes, chalk, tape, etc.):
Treatment/Recovery (Massage/Chiropractor):
~$450 ($150/month)

If you do choose to fund me or share this page, I will be forever indebted to your kindness! I will keep my instagram (pillow.pv) and facebook updated with my progress and video. Feel free to message me, or come visit me in Knoxville so I can make you a nice dinner.




  • Chris Horton
    • $25 
    • 7 yrs


Chris Pillow
Knoxville, TN

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