Horses can change lives, and one Arkansas-based charity is hoping that exposure to racehorses will make a difference for troubled teenagers.
The Oliver Lewis Inner City Thoroughbred Jockey Club aims to create and foster opportunities in the horse racing industry for inner-city youth across the country, beginning with those in North Little Rock, Ark. The charity’s president, Michael M. Davis, joined forces with former Oaklawn Park jockey and now-pastor Scott Gallimore to launch the 501(c)(3) charity after working together on a project building homes for the disadvantaged in North Little Rock.
Realizing the need for youth programs in the area and knowing of the advantages of working with horses, Oliver Lewis Inner City Thoroughbred Jockey Club was formed. The organization is named for black jockey Oliver Lewis, who won the first Kentucky Derby aboard Aristides in 1875, and focuses on providing behind-the-scenes opportunities for teenagers as well as educational presentations, lectures, and tours of various Thoroughbred-related operations.
All tours, books, educational materials, and lectures are free for participants and offer insight into the industry as well as opportunity to network and learn about jobs in the sport. The organization is funded through donations, event sponsorship, and corporate sponsorship and is looking to make a difference in inner cities nationwide. To learn more about the Oliver Lewis Inner City Jockey Club, visit their website.