In conjunction with Phoenix Raceway and the Tolleson Community Coalition, The NASCAR Foundation hosted a Speediatrics-themed Fun Day on Thursday to celebrate efforts to provide medical care for uninsured and underinsured children in the Tolleson community.
“It is very exciting for Phoenix Raceway to work collaboratively through its Phoenix Raceway Charities and with both The NASCAR Foundation and The Tolleson Coalition to activate programs that inspire and give back to our community,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “Promoting healthy living for Tolleson’s youth during our race week contributes to our community in a meaningful and lasting way.”
Special emphasis was placed on promoting a healthy lifestyle for youth including smart eating habits, staying active and regular preventative health care. NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Jesse Iwuji and The NASCAR Foundation mascot, “Chase,” helped lead children in activities such as Goodyear tire races, three-legged races and sponge relay races.
Iwuji also shared how they prepare for competition by exercising regularly and adhering to a well-balanced diet. Iwuji explained to the group, “Staying in shape and eating right is not only for looks, it’s to keep your overall health in check. Physical fitness routines not only build your shape, but it can help build character.”
The event was a coordinated effort through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which aims to provide health care and assistance to children in need, enabling them to lead happier, healthier lives.
“At The NASCAR Foundation, we are making the health and medical needs of children in our racing communities across the country our top priority,” The NASCAR Foundation Acting Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “We are proud to support the efforts to give children in Tolleson a chance at a healthy life.”
Also in attendance for the event were Dr. Lupita Hightower, superintendent of the Tolleson Elementary School District and Megan Cristofferson, who serves as the program manager for Banner Children’s Health Center which sees children at P.H. Gonzales Elementary School in Tolleson. The NASCAR Foundation is providing a grant to the Tolleson Community Coalition in support of these efforts.
“The Tolleson community is grateful to The NASCAR Foundation and Phoenix Raceway for their support of Banner Children's Health Clinic and the Tolleson Elementary School District in fulfilling their mission to provide medical care for those young children that are under insured and even uninsured," Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar said.
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