NYRA and the Community
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is committed to upholding the ideals of community service and support, both within thoroughbred racing and in the communities surrounding Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
Among the industry-related groups receiving ongoing support from NYRA are the Belmont Child Care Association, which established Anna House, the on-site child care center at Belmont Park for the benefit of working families at the track; the Backstretch Employee Services Team (B.E.S.T), which provides a wide range of health and human services to workers in the barn areas of our three racetracks, and the Backstretch Education Fund, which provides educational opportunities for backstretch workers. NYRA also is a supporter of the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy, Take 2, Take the Lead, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and the Jockey Safety Net Foundation.
National organizations which receive support from NYRA include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, and Toys for Tots.
In 2013, NYRA received the “Good Neighbor Award” from the American Red Cross of Long Island, and NYRA’s Director of Community Relations, Joanne Adams, was invited to join its board. Adams also served as Honorary Co-Chair for the 2013 Marine Toys for Tots Campaign.
NYRA was proud to host the Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer at Belmont Park, which raised more than $100,000 for the Integrated Medical Foundation. NYRA’s Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course raised $100,000 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
At Saratoga Race Course, NYRA offers the Community Outreach Booth, which provides local charities and organizations the opportunity to provide information about their mission and raise much-needed funds. NYRA also donates the Community Outreach Box in the clubhouse for the entire Saratoga season, which gives groups an additional opportunity to raise funds through charity auctions. At Belmont Park, NYRA hosts annual community days for Elmont, Floral Park, and Garden City.