CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today five community service projects across the country as keystone events to take place on NASCAR Day on May 21, teaming with several of the sport's official partners and aimed at education and helping children live happier, healthier lives. "The Big Five" projects include:
- In Atlanta, Ga., renovation and race theme decoration of a portion of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 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.
- In Daytona Beach, Fla., partnering with Bank of America for a racing-themed educational initiative at Daytona International Raceway as part of the bank's signature program, "Students at the Speedway", designed to showcase NASCAR as a strong career path for students who are eager to learn in the areas of math, science and technology.
- In Fontana, Calif., Auto Club Speedway will host school-aged students out to the race track for an educational experience with motorsports flare.
- In Kansas City, Mo., Sprint, Inc. and 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 died tragically last year. The Ronald McDonald House serves more than 6,000 families per year and is desperately in need of a playground facility.
- In the Charlotte, N.C. region, the foundation will work on a community service project at A Place for Hope, a community center committed to providing material resources, hands-on educational training and job development programs, and psychological hope for the residents of Blackmon Road.
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.
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. For more information visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay.
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.
SOURCE The NASCAR Foundation
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