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Punch Energy Drink Announces Recipient of Its Inaugural LIVE BETTER AWARD(R)

Founder Zac Workman proudly touts support of Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- While Punch Energy Drink's well-recognized tagline may be "changing the way energy tastes!," Zac Workman, Punch Energy Founder and 21-year-old beverage industry phenom, is equally focused on changing the world we live in ... and he's already making a difference.

In a joint press conference today, Workman proudly announced that the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, and its namesake Mr. Sam Schmidt, will be honored as recipients of the inaugural Punch Energy LIVE BETTER AWARD(R) for 2009.

"The LIVE BETTER AWARD(R) is our way of declaring a heartfelt thank you to outstanding leaders and organizations from across the United States - in widely varying roles and pursuits, but all exemplifying the very spirit in which Punch Energy was founded," says Workman, adding, "Sam Schmidt is the very definition of courage, selflessness and determination, and his tireless efforts on behalf of the physically challenged clearly set a benchmark to which all of us should rise. It's my absolute honor to be allocating both capital and personnel resources to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, and those they so graciously serve.

Sam Schmidt is most recognized by the public as a former IndyCar racing champion and star of the Indy Racing League, with 27 career starts (including the Indy 500) and both pole and event wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

On January 6, 2000, Schmidt and his IndyCar team were in Orlando, Florida practicing at the Walt Disney World Speedway. As his car exited turn two, it hit the wall with catastrophic impact. Schmidt was airlifted to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition. The most devastating news was his diagnosis as quadriplegic, the result of a severe injury to his cervical spine.

Even with these life-altering injuries, Schmidt realized he was one of the lucky ones. Unlike many people in the rehabilitation hospital, he had a strong personal faith and loving support from his family, friends and the entire motorsports community. To this day, Schmidt says he couldn't imagine surviving this process without his strong faith and knowing there was a purpose for his life after the injury.

After many months of rehabilitation, and able to once again breathe on his own, Schmidt's remarkable sense of giving turned his attention toward helping the dozens and dozens of paralysis patients he'd met through the course of his own treatment. Through the success of these initial efforts, it wasn't long before Sam and several of his closest friends formed The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

Mr. Schmidt's vision in creating the Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) is to find a permanent cure for those who have been afflicted with chronic and acute paralysis. The day-to-day mission focuses on helping individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. This research benefits stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. SSPF funds its national Day at the Races program and quality of life grants to organizations throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other life challenges. SSPF also provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis. The Foundation works tirelessly in its advocacy efforts both locally and nationally on behalf of the disabled.

Punch Energy's LIVE BETTER AWARD(R) is part and parcel to the company's fundamental belief in community responsibility, and represents the first of several high-profile programs and events scheduled for 2009 specifically focused on serving those most responsible for their success.

Most recently profiled in INC Magazine, Punch Energy's Workman has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ultra-competitive energy beverage ranks, helped in no small part by his success and expertise in gaining prominent partnerships with Anheuser-Busch distributors.

Punch Energy Drink has been widely heralded as the best tasting in its class, utilizing only premium, natural ingredients and based on a 75-year-old Workman family recipe.

More information on Punch Energy, including retailer and online ordering, can be found at


    Michael Christopher
    305.851.2263 (Direct)

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