CHAMPCAR/CART: Team KOOL Green renews 100 Black Men partnership

Team KOOL Green Renews Partnership With 100 Black Men of America ATLANTA - Team KOOL Green (TKG) and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation announced today that they have agreed to once again combine their efforts during the 2002 race season,...

Team KOOL Green Renews Partnership With 100 Black Men of America

ATLANTA - Team KOOL Green (TKG) and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation announced today that they have agreed to once again combine their efforts during the 2002 race season, and, following a successful launch to their partnership in 2001, will work to raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America that will help increase access to computers, technology and training in urban communities.

Team KOOL Green, owned by Barry Green, is a highly successful racecar team participating in Championship Automobile Racing Teams (CART) Champ Car series, an international motor racing series that hosts events across the United States and in six countries.

"We value Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation as an important partner," said Bill Simms, National President of the 100 Black Men of America. "Last year through our association with the company a total of $224,470.31 was contributed to the 100 Black Men's urban technology program. The amount was based on performances by Team KOOL Green and through the KOOL All-Access Hip Hop Tour. With the funding, we were able to initiate cyber centers that offer computer and technology training. Additionally, we placed computers in homes across the country. We also established the 100 Black Men University, an online, affordable learning center that provides low cost courses to adults in urban communities."

In the 2002 program announced today, Team KOOL Green's performance at six Champ Car races, Long Beach, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami and Fontana, will determine the financial donations to the 100 Black Men of America's urban community technology program. New for this year is the addition of pit stop performances as a determining factor for the financial contributions. Donation of funds will be based on a maximum of three TKG pit stops completed in under 12 seconds per race.

"Pit stops are pure energy," says Bert Kremer, sponsorship consultant to Brown & Williamson. "We wanted to combine the excitement of the stops with a funding program that allows crew members to take personal pride in their shared experience. As two-time winners of CART's pit crew challenge for being the fastest in pit stop performance, TKG has a proven track record. Basing our contribution to the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program on the team's performance keeps everyone involved and connected to the importance of this initiative."

A total of $304,000 is available for this season. A maximum of $14,000 per race will be awarded for pit stop performances, while TKG will add an additional $10,000 to the donation amount for race wins, $20,000 for 1-2 race finishes by drivers Tracy and Franchitti, and $100,000 should either driver win the CART Championship.

The funds will be used by 100 Black Men of America to continue their efforts in urban centers in connecting young adults with new information and communication tools, including access to the Internet, new computer technology, and skills training. Last season the 100 ordered 465 computers to distribute to their various chapters.

"We are pleased to be extending our partnership with the 100 Black Men of America," stated Team KOOL Green owner, Barry Green. "As an organization that is built on a high-technology platform, we fully appreciate the need for access to computers and technology. Seeing the work we do on track benefit urban communities is very rewarding."

The 100 Black Men of America is a group of concerned African-American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African-American community through their collective resources, ability and experience. The group's urban community project gives money and scholarships to individuals who volunteer for minority social outreach programs.

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Series IndyCar
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