Ahead of the July 4th race weekend in Daytona, The NASCAR Foundation and Brown & Brown Insurance teamed up to host a Speediatrics Fun Day Festival to showcase the importance of physical fitness and overall healthy living to youth groups in the greater-Daytona Beach area.
The event brought more than 100 kids to the Halifax Health – Keech Pediatric Neighborhood Care Clinic for a day of fun activities, having an overall focus on being healthy, all while having fun!
As children and volunteers began to arrive, the day of fun began for everyone! In keeping with our festival theme, kids had an opportunity to sport Speediatrics temporary tattoos featuring The NASCAR Foundation characters, play with bubbles, and participate in a dance party with The NASCAR Foundation mascots, Chase, Victory Lane and Safety Sam.
NASCAR and Healthy Living Go Hand in Hand
A NASCAR-themed festival wouldn’t be complete without a few drivers on hand. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Landon Cassill, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Matt Tifft and Joey Gase shared tips on what they like to do to stay healthy and how that helps them excel on the racetrack. “The food that you eat is fueling your body,” Landon Cassill said. “Just like we have to put good fuel in our race cars for our cars to go fast, you have to put good fuel in your body.”
The drivers also joined The NASCAR Foundation mascots to lead the kids in “warm-up” activities to get things started for the fun-filled day.
Healthy Living, Healthy Fun
A trio of events kept the kids active during the event, including sponge relay races, Goodyear Tire races and Pinewood Derby races! Kids had the chance to decorate their Pinewood Derby car, to race against each other as well some of the drivers. Eight-year-old Amina enjoyed the Pinewood Derby races in particular, saying, “My favorite part was the derby race. I beat all the boys.”
Another fun activity was the Goodyear tire race, which offered kids the opportunity to race with real NASCAR tires, in addition to going against a few racers that know a thing or two about competing in the real NASCAR series. All the drivers got involved in the activities as they squared off with the kids at each event, and the kids loved it!
That’s Our Checkered Flag
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. Stay tuned for more information about our next Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in September in Richmond, Virginia.