Before the cars hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the power of NASCAR took an alternate form. The NASCAR Foundation, along with Chicagoland Speedway and Mobile Care Chicago, hosted children from the surrounding community for its Speediatrics Fun Day Festival, an effort dedicated to inspiring children to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The event marked the Foundation’s first health fair at the heart of a race weekend, enabling more children to learn and practice the healthy habits they need to stay healthy and active.
Appearances by NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Austin Cindric and Joey Gase completed the NASCAR theme, as children in attendance were also treated to racing-themed field day activities and healthy snacks to remind them about the importance of healthy eating habits and physical fitness.
“It’s days like today that make you proud to be a part of the NASCAR family. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to come into our racing communities and leave behind much-needed funds to support the great work being done to bring healthcare services to children who need it most,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “We are so appreciative of Austin and Joey for joining us today – and for Chicagoland Speedway’s support of this effort.”
Unique to this effort in Chicago, children also participated in educational activities to learn about the warning signs of asthma and how to recognize an attack in themselves or their friends. The NASCAR Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Mobile Care Chicago in support of its mobile health program focused on asthma and dental care for children in the greater Chicago area.
“Truly changing a child’s health isn’t about one day or one education session, it’s about using fun and engaging techniques to change children’s health every day,” said Mobile Care Chicago Executive Director Matt Siemer. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with The NASCAR Foundation because this event demonstrates to kids that good health habits mean greater ability to play games, participate in sports, and exercise creativity. That message was well received today, and it’s something we can build on through our mobile clinics for years to come.”
The partnership with Chicagoland Speedway and Mobile Care Chicago is an initiative of The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which supports needs expressed by hospitals, specialty clinics, camps and other organizations providing medical and health care services in our NASCAR racing communities.