Many racetracks across the U.S. are expecting to celebrate the 6th annual “PDJF Day Across America” on Saturday, July 27. This is a day of fun, fundraising, and awareness-building for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, with each track working with its local jockey colony to engage fans and patrons.
In past years “PDJF Day” activities have included jockey autograph sessions, jockeys taking turns in dunk tanks, wrestling in sumo suits, racing each other on foot across the track, and riding inflatable “horses.” PDJF advises fans to contact their local tracks to see what activities may be planned.
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.
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 PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete as well as medical research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries.