New York Athletic Club
The Athlete's Fund
15 years of supporting aspiring Olympians, plus a broad array of worthy causes
It is an accepted fact of life at the New York Athletic Club that top class athletes, and those aspiring to be, enjoy unwavering support. That’s how it has been since the Club’s founding in 1868 and that’s how it will remain. The Athlete’s Fund exists, in large part, to further that mandate, providing funding - especially in Olympic years - for Club athletes at the highest level. While the Club’s and the Fund’s focus is firmly on its athletes, it should never be forgotten that there are many organizations that benefit from the Club’s largesse and that are an essential element in the raison d’etre of the Athlete’s Fund.
Indeed, those taking part in the 2014 NYAC Athlete’s Fund Golf Tournament (scheduled for Monday, August 18th at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, pictured above) may take considerable pride in the fact that, not only are they contributing to the wellspring of Club athletes, they are also making a significant difference to the 26 worthy organizations that will receive donations from the Fund this year. Many of those organizations will be well known to members and have received donations over severalyears: the Special Olympics of Connecticut, the Police Athletic League, the Achilles Track Club and the Ronald McDonald House New York, among them.
Other organizations are more recent beneficiaries: the Brooklyn Bandits, providing opportunities for inner city children to play baseball; the V Foundation, founded by Jim Valvano and dedicated to finding a cure for cancer; Figure Skating in Harlem, seeking to help young inner city girls grow in confidence, leadership skills and academic accomplishment; and the Armory Foundation, the nation’s premier indoor track and field facility located at 168th Street in upper Manhattan.
This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the commitment that the Athlete’s Fund makes to worthy causes. The full list of organizations may be found at www.nyac.org. Suffice it to say that, over the past seven years, the Fund has distributed more than $800,000 to more than 50 organizations, in addition to those amounts provided to the Club’s elite athletes.
If you would like to see tangible evidence of the impact that these donations make, pay a visit to the NYAC room at the Ronald McDonald House - better still, volunteer - or attend one of the events organized by the Beat the Streets program (wrestling programs for inner city kids) or the Wendy Hilliard Foundation (gymnastics for young boys and girls) or the Inner City Handball Foundation. The list is seemingly endless and the impact incalculable.
So, if you thought that playing golf at Winged Foot was simply one of the most thrilling days you’ll ever have, you may be correct; but, you can also take pride in the fact that, with every stroke, you are enabling your club to make a difference in more young lives than you could ever conceive.
Details of how to sign up for this year’s Athlete’s Fund Golf Tournament may be found at www.nyac.org. Or contact Carolina Valerio at (212) 767-7042 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.