4th Annual PDJF Day Across America on July 29

PDJF logoOver 30 race tracks across the U.S. will celebrate the 4th annual “PDJF Day Across America” on Sat., July 29. This is a day of fun, fundraising, and awareness-building with each track working with its local jockey colony to engage fans and patrons.

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) was incorporated in the spring of 2006. It was a collaborative effort of many leaders in the horse racing industry, including race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, and many others who had a vision of a program that would bring much-needed financial assistance to a group of athletes who have given so much to the sport of horse racing.

The PDJF is governed by an independent board comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry.

The mission of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is to promote awareness of the needs of permanently disabled jockeys through public advocacy; to provide financial support to permanently disabled jockeys to help defray everyday expenses associated with living with a catastrophic injury; to provide financial support and assistance in obtaining medical coverage for permanently disabled jockeys; and to promote medical research dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries within the horse racing industry.

Many tracks will be hosting jockey autograph sessions. Some other scheduled events include:

A 5k run/walk will be held through the grounds of Arlington Park the morning of the 29th with all proceeds benefiting the PDJF. Contact organizer Joel Campbell for details: 847-372-6276;

At Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville, IN, jockeys will compete in a foot race and a tug of war, and get wet in a dunk tank;

Jockeys at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, IA, will be wrestling in sumo suits.

PDJF invites all media, tracks, jockeys, and fans to use Twitter hashtag #PDJFDay throughout the day and to follow us on Twitter (@PDJFund) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/jockeysfund) to keep up with all the festivities across the country.

Edited Press Release