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Third-annual Speediatrics Fun Day Festival makes lasting impression on Tolleson youth

"Thank you for making today the best day ever," exclaimed Chase, a fourth-grade student at P.H. Gonzales Elementary School in Tolleson, Arizona.

Impacting children like Chase in our local racing communities is what drives us at The NASCAR Foundation. Especially when NASCAR comes to life for children who attend one of our Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals.

For the third year, The NASCAR Foundation partnered with ISM Raceway, Tolleson Elementary School District and Banner Health to host a Speediatrics Fun Day Festival to inspire children from the local area to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Local up-and-coming NASCAR drivers Cassie Gannis, Jagger Jones, and Jace Jones, dressed in their fire suits, spoke to the students about the importance of being healthy to their racing careers, and even participated alongside them in our NASCAR-themed field day activities.
True to form, a friendly competition between brothers Jagger and Jace ensued as they tried their hands at two brand new activities debuted at the event, a gas can relay and pit crew challenge.

As always, at the heart of the event is the message that being healthy is important and can also be fun. Our NASCAR drivers and crew members must stay healthy to achieve success on the track. And that is no different for children, as their overall health and well-being contributes to success both in school and in other areas of their lives.

Another enhancement to this year’s event in Tolleson was the addition of a teddy bear clinic, staffed by practitioners from Banner Health’s on-site medical clinic, which received a $20,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation at the event.

Aimed at increasing the children’s level of comfort with visiting the doctor, the clinic allowed kids to give their new Speedy Bear a check-up.

The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in Tolleson is the first of 6 events to take place through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund in 2019. Stay tuned for more information about our events in Dover, Chicago, Daytona, Michigan and Martinsville.