Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Champion for Children

NASCAR is the second largest sports organization in the world.  Everyone in the sport and the millions of fans who support the sport all take time to help one another. This is the side of the sport that doesn’t make headlines, earn checkered flags or flashy trophies. The champions of our sport help children lead happier, healthier lives. Currently, our industry is focused on collecting donations for NASCAR Day.  Proceeds from each 2011 NASCAR Day pin sale are tax deductible and proceeds are dedicated to Victory Junction Camp in Randleman, North Carolina.

For those of you who are new to our sport, Victory Junction Camp was built in memory of Adam Petty, son of NASCAR racing legend Kyle Petty and his father, Richard Petty. Adam was only 19 when he passed away, but his compassion for others lives on at Victory Junction Camp. The camp is specifically designed for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses so that they can enjoy an exciting and fulfilling camp experience just like any other child.

They say one visit to the camp is ‘life-changing’ and I can attest that is true. Four years ago I had the opportunity to tour the facility and see the construction of what is now the “Kurt Busch Superdome.” This summer, I will have the opportunity to make an appearance at "Race Night" as Mrs. North Carolina International along with my friend Hank Grissom, a veteran camper.  I’m already gathering all my “princess” stuff to take with me so all the female campers can feel like royalty during my visit. I can hardly wait!

Victory Junction serves 24 chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses such as, but not limited to, Autism, Cancer, Craniofacial Anomalies, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell and Spina Bifida. Twenty-seven hospitals partner with Victory Junction to deliver exceptional health care to campers with a variety of needs. Volunteers aren’t all doctors and nurses, they can be from other skilled areas so long as they are committed, compassionate, energetic and enthusiastic, responsible, have a sense of humor and are able to be a team player.

To learn more about the camp, apply to become a volunteer, or if you know someone who would like to apply to become a camper, I invite you to visit www.victoryjunction.org. The cost of sending a child to camp is valued at $2,500, but no child or family incurs that cost thanks to generous donors. If you still need your 2011 NASCAR Day pin, please follow this link. Visit the NASCAR.COM Superstore by clicking here.


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