NASCAR Day Now Includes Community Projects

The NASCAR Foundation announced that five community service projects that will take place across the country during NASCAR Day on May 21.

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 nearly $8 million for charity.

This year marks the first time that the Foundation has taken on multiple national service projects of this magnitude, creating awareness for children’s causes through the NASCAR Day platform.

Fans can help support these initiatives by making a $5 donation for the 2010 NASCAR Day collectible lapel pin or by registering to volunteer at one of the service projects.

Details of “The Big Five” projects:

  • Atlanta, Ga. — Aflac and The NASCAR Foundation have partnered to renovate a room at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The renovation includes a face-lift with a racing theme. 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 370 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 and The NASCAR Foundation will work together in Daytona to raise awareness for the critical role math and science play in the sport of NASCAR by bringing more than 100 middle school students to Daytona International Speedway. The event is part of the “Students at the Speedway” program, the bank’s signature program designed to showcase NASCAR as a strong career path for students who are eager to learn in the areas of math, science and technology
  • Fontana, Calif. — The NASCAR Foundation has partnered with Auto Club Speedway to host a youth initiative at the track.
  • Kansas City, Mo. — With the help of Sprint and volunteers, The NASCAR Foundation will build a brand new playground at the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City. The playground will be dedicated in memory of Tom Murphy, a former Sprint executive and NASCAR Foundation board member who passed away last year.
  • Charlotte, N.C. — A community service project at A Place for Hope. APFH is committed to providing material resources, hands-on educational training and job development programs for the residents of Blackmon Road. The Blackmon Road Community is one of the poorest communities in South Carolina. The residents of Blackmon Road live without indoor plumbing, trash pick-up, paved roads or street lights.
  • In addition to the five service projects, the contributions raised through NASCAR Day will help a variety of other organizations with an emphasis on children’s health and education.

    One lucky fan will also win a trip to the Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas including airfare, hotel and two tickets to the ceremony through the NASCAR Day Sweepstakes (NASCAR Foundation).