Helping injured riders and their families since 2009

Rookies of '79 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps injured riders and their families.

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Passing of Todd Foster

December 28, 2021

Todd Foster of Mechanicsburg IL, passed away at home on December 21st.  The family has designated Rookies of 79 as one of the charities for memorial donations.  Please click on the picture below to donate.  Thank you.

Passing of Chaplin Joe Baggot

December 15, 2021

Our very dear friend, Chaplin Joe Baggot, passed away on December 11th in Ocala FL. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations be sent to our charity. You can donate online (click on his picture) or send check payable to Rookies of 79, 3989 Springer Lane, Springfield IL 62711.

Funeral services for Joe were held December 18th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Davison Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria with the burial immediately following at Parkview Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held at the Peoria Heights VFW Hall at 2:00 p.m.

Winning Raffle Tickets

The Indian FTR and Sunday Motors motorcycle raffle tickets were drawn on Facebook Live during the AFT Awards Banquet.  Ticket #560 is for the Indian FTR and was sold at the Atlanta TT.  Ticket #136 is for the Sunday Motors Bike and was sold at the Mike Gerald Classic in Baton Rouge LA.  Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to all who have help us raise money for our injured riders!


Sacramento Mile Raffle Ticket Winners

September 19, 2021


Rookies of '79


Welcome flat track family! We can't thank you enough for helping us fulfill our mission to help our injured flat track riders in their time of need. Please explore your options here to either donate to our general fund, donate to a special fundraiser, purchase items, view our current auction items, or sign up for one of our special events!! 

We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are generally tax deductible*! Every dollar helps goes to fulfilling our mission of positively impacting flat track riders and their families that are struck by racing injuries.

*Individual tax situations vary. Please consult with your tax professional.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to positively impact injured flat track motorcycle riders and their families as quickly as possible when a racing accident occurs by providing financial assistance.