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The NASCAR Foundation's Speedy Bear Brigade

NASCAR Drivers and Tracks Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Speedy Bear Brigade

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The NASCAR Foundation and its track partners delivered more than 1,000 Speedy Bears on National Teddy Bear Day to nearly 40 hospitals across the U.S. in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

NASCAR Drivers also participated in the initiative by recording a special video message for kids who received the bears, including: NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon, John Hunter Nemechek and Tyler Reddick; NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson and  Ryan Vargas; NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series drivers Cassie Gannis, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Natalie Decker; and, Rev Racing driver Isabella Robusto.

“This is our fourth year partnering with hospitals across the country to bring some comfort and joy to their pediatric patients,” stated Nichole Krieger, Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation. “This program is so uplifting, but especially this year, we hope the bears will bring big smiles during what can be a very stressful and emotional time.”

Since the Speedy Bear Brigade began in 2017, the nationwide program has delivered nearly 4,000 teddy bears to sick children at more than 80 hospitals.

Participating locations in the 2020 Speedy Bear Brigade include:

State Affiliation Hospital Location
Alabama Talladega Superspeedway Children’s of AL
Arizona Phoenix Raceway Phoenix Children’s Hospital
California NASCAR LA Office Children’s Hospital of Orange County
California Auto Club Speedway Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Florida Sebring International Raceway Advent Health
Florida Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead Hospital
Florida NASCAR Daytona Office Halifax Health – Speediatrics Inpatient Unit
Florida NASCAR Daytona Office Keech Neighborhood Clinic
Florida NASCAR Daytona Office Halifax Health – Pediatric Care Deltona
Florida NASCAR Daytona Office Halifax Health – Child & Adolescent Behavioral Services
Georgia Road Atlanta Northeast GA Medical Center
Georgia Seacrest Studios Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Illnois Chicagoland Speedway Silver Cross
Indiana Indianapolis Motor Speedway Riley Hospital for Children
Iowa Adams County Speedway CHI Heath Mercy
Michigan Michigan International Speedway Henry Ford Allegiance Health Hospital
Nevada Speedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor Speedway UMC Children’s Hospital
Nevada Speedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Nevada Speedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Summerlin Children’s Hospital
New York Watkins Glen International Golisano’s Children’s Hospital in Rochester
New York Watkins Glen International Upstate Golisano’s Children’s Hospital in Syracuse
New York NASCAR New York Offices Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone
North Carolina NASCAR Charlotte Area Offices Atrium Health Levine Children’s
North Carolina NASCAR Charlotte Area Offices Atrium Health Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital
North Carolina NASCAR Charlotte Area Offices Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital / Huntersville Pediatric ED
North Carolina Martinsville Speedway Brenner Children’s Hospital (Winston-Salem)
Ohio Toledo Speedway/ARCA Toldeo Mercy Children’s Hospital
Ohio Speedway Children’s Charities – Kentucky Speedway Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ohio Speedway Children’s Charities – Kentucky Speedway Cincinatti Children’s Hospital
Oklahoma Salina Highbanks Speedway The Childrens hospital at St. Francis
Pennsylvania Pocono Raceway Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
South Carolina Darlington Raceway Tidelands Health
Tennessee Bristol Motor Speedway Niswonger Children’s Hospital
Tennessee Seacrest Studios Monroe Carell  Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Texas Speedway Children’s Charities – Texas Motor Speedway Cook Children’s Hospital
Texas Speedway Children’s Charities – Texas Motor Speedway Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Virginia Richmond Raceway Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Click below to view photos from The NASCAR Foundation’s Speedy Bear Brigade:

Speedy Bear Travels Coast-to-Coast on National Teddy Bear Day