The 2019 NASCAR season is under way and The NASCAR Foundation is gearing up for our first Speediatrics Fun Day Festival of the year on March 7 in Tolleson, Arizona not far from ISM Raceway.
For the third year, we will partner with Banner Health and Tolleson Elementary School District, along with the City of Tolleson and ISM Raceway, to host a Speediatrics Fun Day Festival at Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary School.
Our friends at ISM Raceway kicked off this year’s efforts by hosting 13 students from P.H. Gonzales Elementary School for pace car rides and tour of the new raceway facilities. These students will also serve as volunteers at the event.
We had a blast this morning with several students from the Porfirio H. Gonzalez Elementary School!
Is there anything better than getting out of class to come learn about NASCAR and get some pace car rides? 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UArmZbA6Da
— ISM Raceway (@ISMRaceway) February 20, 2019
While the Speediatrics Fun Day Festival is all about inspiring kids to lead a healthy lifestyle – and to have fun while doing so – the impact of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund is felt all year long in Tolleson and the surrounding areas.
Banner Children’s Community Clinic of Tolleson, located on the grounds of Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary School, serves the uninsured pediatric population with free healthcare services. Through the support of philanthropy and grants, such as those provided by The NASCAR Foundation since 2017, the Tolleson clinic provided more than 700 visits in 2018.
“Because of our partnership with The NASCAR Foundation, Banner Children’s Community Clinic of Tolleson is able to continue to operate a school-based clinic that is actually located inside an elementary school,” said Megan Christopherson, Banner Children’s Community Clinic Director.
“This unique concept allows us to treat sick kids and get them back in the classroom with as little delay as possible. Over the years, we have built trust with many families. Having a clinic inside a school, open three days a week, allows us to provide healthcare to the uninsured and underserved families in our community. We are all very thankful for the support of the NASCAR Foundation. Their support helps to make this possible.”
These visits are provided free of charge to families who are unable to qualify or afford health insurance and have significant barriers to accessing health care. The clinic provides services as simple as a wellness visit and as complex as evaluations for chronic disease management; the clinic treats hundreds of children with common illnesses such as cold, flu, pink eye, and strep. Each of these conditions would keep insured children out of school, but for those who are uninsured these common illnesses can turn into serious medical conditions without access to medical treatment.
“Thanks to The NASCAR Foundation’s generosity, Banner Children’s continues to deliver hope and healing when it is needed most – in this case, to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community, our children,” said Chris Kiser, chief development officer for the Banner Health Foundation.
Banner Children’s Community Clinics reduce barriers to healthcare and aim to provide comprehensive healthcare services to Arizona’s uninsured children through partnerships with other community organizations.
Take a look back at our 2018 Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in Tolleson, AZ!