SARATOGA SPRINGS — Second Chance Sports Founder Bill Yaiser has partnered with Jack Knowlton to raise funds to benefit Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Autism through local business Second Chance Sports and the Learning League.
Together, the two have developed a unique item called the “Six Foot Social Distance Stick” as a keepsake and souvenir of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Yaiser said the stick represents just one way the community has worked together.
“It’s just a great way to have community members and small businesses work together,” Yaiser said.
With a $40 donation you receive the “I Survived Coronavirus’ six-foot social distancing stick. One of the community members who donate will be the winner of a large canvas poster personally signed by jockeys. The winner will also receive a Health Club Without Walls membership that can be used at local colleges.
“It’s a big fundraiser,” Yaiser said. “It’s something funny and a nice keepsake and souvenir.”
Knowlton was the first to donate and receive the stick. He is the owner of Funny Cide in addition to Tiz the Law, an American Thoroughbred racehorse and winner of the 2019 Champagne Stakes.
The donation helps fund programs in PTSD and autism at local colleges such as Hudson Valley Community College. Yaiser said the programs at HVCC have been successful for over 30-years. The programs will extend and concentrate on law enforcement members and their families in addition to their veteran’s program.
Another prize that could be won include a dinner with jockeys and derby winners.