YJ Stinger's "Race to Bee Safe" Program Awards $20,000 Scholarship
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Jan. 13) -- Steven Dickson of Kansas City, a junior at Piper High School, received a $20,000 scholarship as part of the YJ Stinger's "Race to Bee Safe" program. He was chosen as the nationwide winner after winning Piper High's essay contest in December 2004, making him eligible for the grand-prize scholarship.
Dickson was among 500 students that participated in YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe program Oct. 7 when the program visited Piper High School. NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Stacker 2 car, delivered a message that stressed the importance of safe driving. Students were given one month to write a 500-word essay relating what they learned during the Race to Bee Safe program. The essays were reviewed by a panel of judges selected by NVE Pharmaceuticals, manufacturers of YJ Stinger. YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe program visited schools in 15 cities around the United States during NASCAR's 2004 season.
"We wanted to create a program that was a win-win situation for the students we visited," said Bob Occhifinto, president and CEO of NVE. "Not only did they have an informative and entertaining program come right to their backyard, they were given the opportunity to earn some money to help pay for secondary education. But most importantly, they learned that getting their drivers' license is a big step in their life that needs to be taken seriously."
The YJ Stinger Race to Bee Safe program was launched in September 2003 and quickly became a tremendous success. A large part of its success is due to Wallace's ability to relate to students. A 20-year racing veteran and father of three teenage daughters, Wallace can speak from experience while teaching students.
"When you're a teenager you think you're invincible to the world," said Wallace. "My speaking to the students was intended to help them learn how to become safe drivers. When you throw in a chance to win $21,000, the program becomes that much more special. These students got a chance to have fun while learning the basics of safe driving and getting a shot at earning money for college. I'd definitely say the program was a huge success!"
NVE Pharmaceuticals also participated in a fund-raising program raising money for Jack Sable, a young boy who suffers from a chromosome disorder. This disorder affects Jack both mentally and physically. He can not sit up or eat and needs assistance with everyday tasks we take for granted. The severity of Jack's condition prompted Stacker 2 Racing to help make life a little better for Jack and his family by providing financial support. Stacker 2 Racing decided to donate $1 to Jack and his family for every lap Kenny Wallace completed during the 2004 race season. At the conclusion of a well fought season, Stacker 2 Racing had accumulated $6,362 for Jack and his family.
"Everyone at Stacker 2 heard about Jack Sable's condition and our hearts went out to him and his family," said Bob Occhifinto, president and CEO of NVE Pharmaceuticals. "We all decided that we wanted to help him fight this terrible disease in any way that we could. We had a great season and were able to give a nice donation to Jack and his family."
Stacker 2's YJ Stinger is available in four lightly carbonated flavors: Sinful Citrus, Pounding Punch, Enraged Raspberry, and Chronic Cola. Enraged Raspberry and Chronic Cola are also available Sugar Free.
YJ Stinger is manufactured by NVE Pharmaceuticals based in Andover, N.J. Visit www.yjstinger.com for further information.