Earnhardt Jr donates to CVAN

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic to donate a portion of proceeds to CVAN. CONCORD, N.C., (Jan. 7, 2003) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announces today that the Inaugural Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic in Cabarrus County, N.C. on January...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic to donate a portion of proceeds to CVAN.

CONCORD, N.C., (Jan. 7, 2003) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announces today that the Inaugural Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic in Cabarrus County, N.C. on January 25th is joining forces with CVAN, a domestic violence service for women. The Grappling Classic will have a continuous raffle throughout the event with those proceeds being donated to the women's program.

"We chose to incorporate CVAN as our charity because I think these folks need the help and recognition," Earnhardt, Jr. said of the women's program. "I want to make a point, one that I hope everyone will follow, by standing behind this type of charity. I was floored by the statistics of women in our own area who go through this type of abuse and have no where to go, so I want to help the system."

It is estimated that 50% of all American women will be abused by men in their lives. The coercive control includes four areas: physical, emotional, financial and sexual. Battering is the number one cause of injury in women - greater than muggings and accidents combined.

These statistics are the reasons why CVAN was formed as a non-profit organization in 1982, to help provide safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children. By March 1983 the program had developed a 24-hour crisis line. In the first month they received eight phone calls, but today the crisis line averages about 100 to 125 calls per month.

In August 1984 CVAN opened their first shelter in Concord, N.C. and since that time has sheltered over 3,000 women and their children. In 1998 CVAN expanded their program to include a Transitional Housing Program. Since their opening in 1984, CVAN has provided help and support to over 10,000 individual women and their children.

"The Grappling Classic is a great way for us to help," Earnhardt, Jr. said. "Everyone should be able to defend themselves and the Jiu Jitsu schools are a great training ground for women. There will be a booth set up at the event so if any woman wants to schedule a training class in self defense they can.

"I think it's important for women to learn how to defend themselves from harm," Earnhardt continued. "We are glad to give this charity some help and I hope others will follow our lead. It's cool to know we might can make a difference in something that goes on everyday and is often swept under the rug."

Organizers say the Inaugural Dale Jr. Grappling Classic has the potential to be the largest Jiu Jitsu tournament in the United States. The tournament will consist of competition in both amateur and professional divisions, and is open to anyone, including women and children, who would like to compete. For more information about entering or attending the competition, please log on to www.dalejrgrapplingclassic.com.

The Competition begins at 10:00 am on January 25th and will continue throughout the day. Tickets for the event are available through Ticketmaster now.

The professional fights and the "super-fight" will begin around eight p.m., with a grand prize of $2,000 going to the winner, as well as a trophy and gift packs from sponsors. Earnhardt Jr. will be the host of the event and other NASCAR Winston Cup Series notables and local celebrities will be on hand to observe the competition.

For more information about the Inaugural Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic, log on to www.dalejrgrapplingclassic.com.

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