In anticipation of the last regular season NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, The NASCAR Foundation hosted its third Speediatrics Fun Day Festival of the year to continue showcasing the importance of physical fitness and overall healthy living to children in our racing communities.
The event brought children and families from the Richmond community to Pine Camp Arts and Community Center to take part in fun, field day activities with The NASCAR Foundation in addition to several health screenings offered by Capital Area Health Network.
Embracing a Competitive Spirit
Our NASCAR-themed festival was complete with our special guests Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Gray Gaulding and Corey LaJoie, as well as Motor Racing Network’s Kim Coon, who served as our emcee for the day.
When speaking about the importance of staying in shape to a race car driver, Gaulding said, “Inside the racecar can get up to 150 degrees, so that’s why it’s very important to have endurance, but it’s also important to take care of your body by hydrating and eating well.”
The competitive nature of the drivers came out as they joined the children in a sponge relay race, Goodyear tire race, bean bag toss and hula hoop race.
Each child in attendance received a Hot Pass for Health to guide them through participating in our fun festival activities and vital health screenings. Upon collecting stickers from all seven of our Speediatrics characters, children received a goody bag with giveaways from The NASCAR Foundation and Capital Area Health Network.
“I’m glad we came out to the event. My kids really needed the health screenings and they had fun participating in the activities.” Said Taylor, mother of 3.
That’s Our Checkered Flag
In addition to hosting the Speediatrics Fun Day Festival, The NASCAR Foundation provided a grant to upgrade equipment in Capital Area Health Network’s mobile health unit, which provides medical and dental care to children and families in need in the community.
The Speediatrics Fun Day Festival was a coordinated effort through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which aims to enhance the delivery of medical care and promote a healthy lifestyle to children in need, enabling them to lead happier, healthier lives.
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