HHYF Drive for Youth Week starts October 6

07:15 AM 03 Oct 2013 NZDT
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HHYF alumni and intern Ben Hollingsworth with Homer, one of the HHYF Trottingbreds, at the Red Mile.

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse YouthFoundation’s Drive for Youth is rapidly approaching. The  program,  expanding from a one-day event at The Red Mileto a week-long program of National scope, kicks off on October 6 at The RedMile and runs through October 12. HHYF representatives will be particularly focused at  the Red Mile on entucky Futurity Day, but horsemen everywhere are encouraged to participate.

Corey Callahan, one of the sport’s topdrivers this year, and an HHYF Trustee, explains “We are reaching out toeveryone this year so that all tracks can be involved and be part of this greatevent. Kentucky Futurity Day at the Red Mile is a special experience, but overa dozen tracks are racing that week. Not all kids grow up in harness racingfamilies so HHYF gives kids an opportunity to get involved on the sport that welove. These kids are our sport’s future.”

Owners, trainers and drivers can pledgeeither a percentage of their winning during Drive for Youth week, or they canpledge a flat rate to HHYF, as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. “We havereached out to  top horsemen at eachtrack to participate and support our youth outreach programs including oursummer camps and scholarships, but ALL horsemen and horsewomen are invited topledge their support to HHYF. We have heard from quite a number of horsemen sofar, but it’s never too  late to jump in.”

To make a pledge to Drive for Youth contact Taylor at 317- 867-5877 or bye-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org. Pledge forms are also available at http://www.hhyf.org/uploads/13pledgeform.pdf

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educationalopportunities with  harness horses, inorder to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation hasbeen making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programsinclude interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals,scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials.For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission,go to www.hhyf.org. For more on this press release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or hhyfkeiith@earthlink.net.

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