The NASCAR Foundation And NASCAR Fans Celebrate NASCAR Day Across The Country "Big Five" Community Service Projects Help Thousands Of Children Across The Country CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 21, 2010) -- Today, the NASCAR industry is participating...
The NASCAR Foundation And NASCAR Fans Celebrate NASCAR Day Across The Country
"Big Five" Community Service Projects Help Thousands Of Children Across The Country
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 21, 2010) -- Today, the NASCAR industry is participating in a celebration slightly different from the one held weekly in Victory Lane -- thousands of NASCAR fans and corporate partners across the country are celebrating NASCAR Day and their joint efforts to raise millions of dollars to help children across the country live happier, healthier lives.
NASCAR Day is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and corporate partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised more than $8 million for charity.
"The industry, our official partners and all the fans have really embraced NASCAR Day," said Foundation Chairperson Betty Jane France. "We started NASCAR Day to celebrate the spirit of our fans and that spirit is demonstrated through the thousands of dedicated volunteers participating in NASCAR Day events and service projects across the country today."
The NASCAR Foundation is hosting five community service projects across the country today to raise awareness for the people and places affected by this annual fundraiser. Teaming with several official NASCAR partners, the projects are aimed at providing an educational experience and helping children live happier, healthier lives.
Details of "The Big Five" projects:
* Atlanta, Ga. -- Aflac, an official NASCAR partner, and The NASCAR Foundation revealed today a renovation featuring race-themed decoration of a portion of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The project, made possible by a financial contribution from The NASCAR Foundation and Aflac, transforms the original play space into a more kid-friendly space with an exciting new "touch to play" interactive educational gaming system and NASCAR-licensed games. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 350 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.
* Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Bank of America, the Official Bank of NASCAR, and The NASCAR Foundation are hosting 100 local middle school students at Daytona International Speedway for the "Bank of America Students at the Speedway" program. Students will spend NASCAR Day participating in a variety of activities designed to show them the critical role that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play in the sport of NASCAR. One of the highlights of the day will be the "STEM 500", an interactive game led by NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace and East Central Florida Market President for Bank of America, Sam Willett, showing students a fun way to learn math through the lens of NASCAR and how math is applied to the daily operations of a race team.
* Fontana, Calif. -- The NASCAR Foundation has partnered with Auto Club Speedway, Bass Pro Shops and Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) for a charitable racing-themed car wash. Earlier in the month, the Speedway held "Jaylen's Car Wash" and had hundreds of area fans attend. "Jaylen's Car Wash" was named after four-year-old Jaylen, a LLUCH heart patient who has a dream of becoming a NASCAR driver when he grows up.
* Kansas City, Mo. -- With the help of Sprint, an official partner of NASCAR, and hundreds of volunteers, The NASCAR Foundation unveiled today a brand new playground at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The playground is dedicated in memory of Tom Murphy, a former Sprint executive and NASCAR Foundation Board Member who passed away last year. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves more than 6,000 families per year and the playground will provide a place for them to relax and rejuvenate their spirits.
* Charlotte, N.C. / Rock Hill, S.C. -- Representatives from The NASCAR Foundation and several NASCAR celebrities participated in a service project at A Place for Hope in Rock Hill, S.C. As part of a NASCAR Day project to help usher in a new wash house, SPEED Channel's Steve Byrnes and Jeff Hammond were on site alongside NASCAR employees and The NASCAR Foundation representatives to renovate the playground, perform grounds maintenance and deliver laundry baskets full of supplies (laundry detergent, dryer sheets, bath towels, shampoo/conditioner, soap and gift cards) to each family in the community. The Blackmon Road Community is one of the poorest communities in South Carolina, with many residents living without indoor plumbing, bathrooms, showers, sanitation services, paved roads or without street lights.
In addition to the five service projects, The NASCAR Foundation will support several additional charitable efforts directly impacting children across the country with an emphasis on health and education. Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., annually receives NASCAR Day funds to help send critically ill kids to camp free of charge. To date, NASCAR Day funds have helped send more than 500 kids to camp. In addition, NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace presented $25,000 on behalf of The NASCAR Foundation to the Girls & Boys Club in Daytona Beach, Fla., to help provide a safe place for children to grow and learn. More than 5,000 young patients at children's hospitals throughout California received toys as part of the NASCAR Day activities this year. Additional grants are awarded throughout the year to charities within the motorsports family like Speediatrics, racing-themed pediatric units, and more than 50 others.
It is not too late to help! Fans can still get their 2010 NASCAR Day lapel pin by making a $5 donation at Office Depot stores and Bass Pro Shops nationwide, by going online to WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay or by calling (877) 515-GIVE (4483).
About The NASCAR Foundation The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support non-profit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.
About NASCAR Day Annually celebrated on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is a charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. NASCAR Day encourages fans to make a $5 donation for a collectible lapel pin which in turn will support programs that help children live happier, healthier lives. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity. Bring your family and friends to a NASCAR Day service project and experience how together you can improve the lives of those we care about the most. Visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay to register as a NASCAR Day team member, to find out about volunteer opportunities or to learn more about how The NASCAR Foundation is helping children in need.