Organization celebrating black Americans in horse racing receives donation from Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Ahead of the Kentucky Derby, a local nonprofit promoting minorities in the horse racing industry received a generous donation from Churchill Downs.

The Ed Brown Company was formed to raise awareness of Black American history in the equine industry and to create on-the-ground opportunities for young people of color to gain exposure in the industry.

Churchill Downs hosted a series of Champions Day announcements on Tuesday.

On the one-year anniversary of the racetrack’s Champions for Change initiative, created to enable more diverse change in the industry, Churchill Downs announced that he would donate $50,000 to continue the efforts of the Ed Brown Society.

Darryl Love, executive director of the Ed Brown Society, said the funds will be used to help generate more interest in the field for young people of color.

“That role will be about bringing individuals together to create that same power that when we engage, we’re all going to achieve that goal of racing to the finish line,” Brown said. “But in this, it’s not just a W for a thoroughbred, but it will be a W for a youngster.”

The Ed Brown Company also provides training and experience in horse racing through internships and scholarships.

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Virginia S. Braud