Community Champions Sponsored By Amazon


Do you know a Community Champion who deserves to be recognized?

Community Champions come in many forms – from grocery workers and teachers, to the people who pack and make your deliveries, and so many others. Whether they’re on the frontline, or working behind the scenes to make sure everything is running smoothly, a Community Champion is showing up for their neighbors in a big way.

Kentucky Derby Festival and Amazon have teamed up to reward six Community Champions in and around the city, who have devoted themselves to sustained and selfless service during these unprecedented times.

Nominate YOUR Community Champion to receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card, as well as gifts from the Kentucky Derby Festival and recognition as an Official Kentucky Derby Festival Community Champion!




Scroll down to see examples of Community Champions, eligibility information and the deadline for nominations.

See Official Rules and Regulations HERE.



What makes a Community Champion? Judges will be looking at the following Criteria when making their selection:

  • How did your nominee create a special experience for someone in our community, or show a high level of commitment to supporting others and our community through their actions? 
  • How has your nominee made an impact through his/her/their work, or made a difference to those being helped. 
  • How has your nominee initiated and exemplified the virtue of good citizenship through his/her/their actions and activities?  
  • How has the nominee enriched the lives of others through his/her/their actions, particularly those who are vulnerable or less able to help themselves.  
  • How has the nominee displayed a commitment to sustained and selfless service to others and our community?
  • Was this an outstanding achievement? Indicate any extraordinary circumstances or challenges the nominee faced.


Looking for examples? Here are some suggestions of the types of Community Champions we’re looking for:

Neighborhood Champions 

Individuals or businesses who have demonstrated their desire and willingness to help or brought awareness to those in need of assistance (monetary, supplies, etc.). 


Medical Champions   

This is both the Frontline workers like nurses, emergency medical responders, and doctors, but also the backline medical workers like researchers, pharmacists, lab technicians, therapists, medical personnel for their heroic work in providing aid.  


Warehouse and Delivery Champions  

Packaging, processing & fulfillment personnel, delivery persons, and postal workers who have provided the highest standard of customer service and dedication to keep our community safely supplied.   


Education Champions   

Teachers, school administrators, janitors, and other workers in education for their extra efforts to keep students safe, informed, and educated.  


Government Champions  

Government employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our community safe and informed.  


Media Champions  

Reporters, editors, on-air personalities, and other media figures for their work to keep our community safe and informed.   


Public Service Champions  

Firefighters, social workers, law enforcement, sanitation workers and other public service personnel for their heroic work to keep us healthy and safe. 


Retail or Food Service Champions

Retail and food service workers for their contributions to keep our community safely supplied and fed. 





The deadline for submitting nominations is November 6, 2020.

A panel of 4 designated judges will review submissions and select the winning candidates. The Community Champions Sponsored by Amazon will be announced in late fall.


Eligibility: Persons in any one of the following categories are not eligible to enter the Community Champions Sponsored by Amazon: Employees, directors or agents of the Kentucky Derby Festival; persons engaged in any way with the production or development of the Community Champions Sponsored by Amazon promotion; and the immediate family or members of the household of any ineligible person. Amazon Warehouse employees shall be deemed eligible to participate.