Children at Mexico’s Hospital Materno Infantil de Alta Especialidad were greeted by their very own ‘Speedy Bear’ on Friday morning as The NASCAR Foundation’s Speedy Bear Brigade powered by Kaulig Giving visited Mexico for the first time. Drivers from NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and the NASCAR Mexico Series, including Regina Sirvent, Max Gutiérrez, Abraham Calderón, Enrique Baca and Marcelo García, met with pediatric patients and presented them with the NASCAR-themed teddy bears.
“I’m honored to be part of the Speedy Bear Brigade campaign,” said Sirvent. “The children we met are a motivation to me and I hope to be a motivation to them. To give and receive love is the engine that helps us move on and overcome any obstacle.”
The morning began with local dignitaries from Nuevo Leon and the Telmex Foundation speaking at the hospital’s auditorium with a small group of children in attendance. NASCAR Mexico Series officials were also on-hand as the visit kicked off activities for this weekend’s NASCAR Mexico Series races at Autódromo Monterrey.
“It was an honor to be able to share again with the Speedy Bear Brigade and to see so many smiles from boys and girls who love racing,” said Gutiérrez. “Thanks to The NASCAR Foundation for this opportunity! We had a great time with the children.”
Now in its sixth year, The NASCAR Foundation’s Speedy Bear Brigade powered by Kaulig Racing will deliver 2,800 Speedy Bears to nearly 70 hospitals participating in race markets across the United States and Mexico. The program continues next week with hospital visits in Charlotte, North Carolina and Darlington, South Carolina.
NASCAR fans are encouraged to join the Speedy Bear Brigade by making a $25 donation to The NASCAR Foundation to sponsor a Speedy Bear and send an inspirational message to a child in the hospital. Donate today by visiting NASCARfoundation.org/speedy