NHRA in the Community

NHRA in the Community Charities

 

Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

American Youth Motorsports Team has completed its tenth year of bringing the exciting world of drag racing to critical care/sensory impaired children, teens and their families through hands on racing venues. AYMT is committed to provide a positive environment that encourages teamwork, discipline and builds self-esteem. In 2013 AYMT will be visiting 10 hospitals in the southeast including Shriners Hospitals for Children Greenville, SC and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL.

Beat the Heat uses drag racing as a platform to promote safer communities and educate the public concerning the differences between street racing and drag racing. Police officers and firefighters claim membership in over 30 states with international members in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia. The original Beat The Heat was started by Sgt. Don Robertson of the Jacksonville, Fla., Sheriff's Department in 1984.

B.R.A.K.E.S., Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by NHRA driver Doug Herbert in memory of his two sons who were killed in a car accident.  In an attempt to prevent injuries and save lives, B.R.A.K.E.S. educates teens and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.  Through the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School the organization provides free, hands-on driver training to teens.

Darrell Gwynn Foundation is dedicated to preventing, provide for, and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the foundation assists in the funding of targeted research and is presided over by Darrell Gwynn, owner of the Gwynn Racing Top Fuel dragster. Gwynn, the 1983 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion was a leading Top Fuel dragster driver prior to sustaining career-ending injuries that left him a quadriplegic.

DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) provides financial and emotional support to individuals injured in drag racing accidents. Since 1985, this volunteer organization has provided over $2.25 million in financial assistance to more than 500 racing families.

Racing for Cancer Research efforts use the highly powerful stage of NHRA Drag Racing to build awareness and breakdown barriers to increase prevention and early detection. Reaching out both on and off the track, the Coughlin family is leading the charge for cancer research. 100% off all money raised goes directly to cancer research. Additional information can be found at www.teamjegs.com.

Speedway Children's Charities is a social-benefit organization that provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.

Harry M Schmidt Foundation The purpose of the Harry M Schmidt Foundation is to coordinate and provide financial assistance for medical treatment to men battling Prostate Cancer. All proceeds acquired through the efforts of the Foundation will benefit such applicants in need of treatments for which they are unable to afford. The goal of the Foundation is to increase the number of Prostate Cancer Survivors.