Jamie McMurray Foundation Formed to Assist Autism Society of America CONCORD, N.C. (June 2, 2006) - Jamie McMurray has formed the Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) to promote awareness of and raise funding for, research, education, and support for...
Jamie McMurray Foundation Formed to Assist Autism Society of America
CONCORD, N.C. (June 2, 2006) - Jamie McMurray has formed the Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) to promote awareness of and raise funding for, research, education, and support for individuals and families affected with autism. McMurray, who drives for Roush Racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, is sponsored by Newell-Rubbermaid (Irwin Industrial Tools, Lenox Industrial Tools and Sharpie) and Diageo (Crown Royal and Smirnoff Ice).
The JMF is dedicated to joining the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community with the passion and commitment of the autism community to promote better understanding of this challenging disability. The Jamie McMurray Foundation will also support other charitable organizations providing opportunities to disadvantaged youth.
McMurray has been a viable advocate for the Autism Society of America (ASA), with a "Driving Autism Awareness Pledge" campaign in 2005, and has participated in many golf tournaments, auctions for charitable contributions and benefits throughout the year. Plans for 2006 include a Wilmington, DE golf outing this week and yet to be determined corporate partnerships.
"Autism knows no boundaries as it throws many obstacles at families with autistic children," commented McMurray, "I feel good about spearheading this effort and lending my name to create awareness about this disorder. I firmly believe NASCAR fans are the best and they are the most generous in giving to good causes such as this."
The JMF board will consist of McMurray as President; with mother, Melanie Sue McMurray, Treasurer and sister, Trisha Montez as Vice President.
Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), affecting an estimated one in 166 births. Roughly translated, as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17% per year. The Autism Society of America (ASA) estimates that autism could reach four million Americans in the next decade.
Autism knows no racial, ethnic, social, income, lifestyle or educational level boundaries and can affect any child within any family. Although the overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, it is four times more prevalent in males than females.
About Roush Racing:
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, Michel Jourdain and Erik Darnell.