NYAC Athlete's Fund

The 2017 Athlete's Fund Golf Tournament
Celebrating Over 17 years of supporting aspiring
Olympians and worthy causes.


On August 14th of this year, the 18th annual Athlete's Fund Golf Tournament will take place at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Winged Foot is one of the most celebrated courses in the world, with the West Course having hosted five US Opens, two US Amateurs, and the PGA Championship. The East Course has played host to two US Women’s Opens and the US Senior Open. In 2020, the West course will be home to the US Open.

The Athlete's Fund tournament offers the unique opportunity to play Winged Foot while also supporting the NYAC's Olympic athletes and more than 40 very worthy causes. You can learn more of the details by reading on, and
you can contact Liana Iglesias at (212) 767-7168 or NYACAthletesFund@nyac.org to sign up today for the 18th annual Athlete's Fund Golf Tournament.

Click here to download the 2017 Sponsorship Levels and Registration information.

A LITTLE HISTORY
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.


Participants in the 17 Tournaments prior to this year have taken considerable pride in the fact that, not only were they contributing to the wellspring of Club athletes, they were also making a significant difference to the more than 40 worthy organizations that receive donations from the Fund. Many of those organizations will be well known to members and have received donations over several years: the Special Olympics of Connecticut, the Police Athletic League, the Achilles Track Club and the Ronald McDonald House of New York, among them.

Other organizations that are among the beneficiaries are: 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 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.  Suffice it to say that, over the past 17 years, the Fund has distributed more than $1,000,000 to worthy 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 the 2017 Athlete’s Fund Golf Tournament may be found on the accompanying pages. Or contact Liana Iglesias at (212) 767-7168, e-mail NYACAthletesFund@nyac.org.

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  • Testimonials
    • Reese Hoffa
      Track and Field Athlete: 2007 World Champion, 2006 World Indoor Champion (Shot Put)
      "Without the money from the Athlete’s Fund I would have not been on the Olympic team back in 2004. I was about $200 dollars away from hanging up my throwing shoes and having to get a teaching job. When you live from paycheck to paycheck and you get sick and do not have health care, that extra expense will send you over the edge. Lucky for me, the money that came from the NYAC allowed me to make my payments and make my first Olympic team. The support has been a life saver and I have to thank all the people that donate the money year after year. It does make a big difference in the lives of the athletes that have Olympic dreams. I have been lucky enough to make three teams: 2004, 2008 and 2012."

      Adeline Gray
      Women’s Freestyle Wrestler: US Champion, 5th in the World Championship
      “The ambitious tradition of the NYAC Athlete’s Fund is a great parallel to my ambitions of reaching Olympic gold. They have supported me so I can focus on the task at hand, unlocking my true potetinal as an athlete.”

      Justin Ruiz
      Wrestler: Greco Roman US Champion and World Championships Bronze Medalist
      “The NYAC's Athlete's Fund has helped me to pursue my Olympic dream in so many ways. The Fund has helped me to travel and train internationally to help me gain the necessary experience to win an Olympic medal. The Fund has been instrumental in my development as a world class athlete and I will always hold what the winged foot represents near and dear to my heart.”

      Jake Herbert
      Wrestler: World Silver Medalist & National Wrestling Champion
      “The NYAC Athlete's Fund has been the key component in supporting me and allowing me to focus full time on preparing to win a world and Olympic title. When you compete at the level of a world class athlete, you need to be 100% focused and the Fund supports me 110%."

      Trident Swim Foundation
      "We would like to thank the NYAC's Athlete's Fund for their contribution and continuing support. The Trident Swim Foundation Swimmer Scholars are thriving thanks to the generosity and commitment of organizations like you. Your contribution helped sponsor the George Washington Educational Campus' swim team, including coaching and gear, as well as after school tutoring, including SAT prep for this year's SAT test. The outreach continues!" - Kristin Gary, Executive Director