By Newswriter — The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation donated 1,000 Kroop’s Brands face shields to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetrack community as it deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. NYRA’s Aqueduct Racetrack is the location for a temporary medical facility being constructed to help during the pandemic.
“The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is committed to helping Thoroughbred racing industry personnel, and providing face shields to NYRA during this difficult time is another way that we are able to help,” said Shannon Kelly, executive director, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation.
“Donations to the foundation are earmarked for backstretch workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current priority is stocking food pantries at racetracks around the country.”
To contribute to the foundation, please visit tjcfoundation.org/donate.
Kroop’s makes goggles for sports such as horse racing and skydiving. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company began creating a face shield to help protect medical personnel and others from the coronavirus.
“We started seeing a lot of a particular goggle moving on our website and Amazon — this was four to six weeks ago — and we assumed it was in response to the virus. We started noticing where they were going, medical supply companies and doctors, and we realized that they need goggles and can’t get them,” said Andrew Trembley, president of Kroop’s. “We’re using components and equipment used to make the jockey goggles to make the shields.”