Racing to give back: Charitable foundations of NASCAR drivers

Every Sunday afternoon, NASCAR fans gather around the television to watch their favorite drivers go for the win. The drivers themselves are geared up to start their engines and give the fans what they want – the revving of engines, the jockeying for position, and the ultimate rush of the win are what fans love. Not only are NASCAR drivers quick to give fans what they want on the track, they’re also generous with their time supporting causes off the track as well. Many well-known drivers have their own foundations supporting a variety of worthy causes – we’ve detailed a few below.

Clint Bowyer and the 79 Fund

Clint started The 79 Fund to help kids in his hometown of Emporia, Kansas. The fund partners with the Emporia Community Foundation to benefit the Emporia community in a variety of ways. The 79 Fund holds a golf tournament and charity auction every year, raising funds to provide school supplies, place computers in the local library, and improve a local kids’ camp, among other gifts. The 79 Fund has given away more than $2 million since its inception in 2008.

Want to get involved? Visit the 79 Fund online at www.emporiacf.com/make-donation to make a donation.

Kyle Busch and the Kyle Busch Foundation

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Kyle Busch started the Kyle Busch foundation in 2006 after a visit to the kids at St. John’s Home in Michigan. His foundation helps children, families, and communities enduring hardship. For example, the foundation supports families struggling with infertility through the REACH Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, and partners with the Pretty in Pink Foundation to help people with limited or no insurance who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. They also work with Brides Across America (BAA) to provide wedding gowns to military brides and do a prom dress drive for young women in the Charlotte area.

Want to get involved? You can donate money, gently used prom/formal dresses, or gift cards for holiday giving. Check out www.kylebuschfoundation.org  for more information.

Ryan Newman and Rescue Ranch

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Ryan and his wife, Krissie, formed Rescue Ranch in 2012 in Statesville, North Carolina. The Newmans have both had a passion for animals since they were young, and Rescue Ranch focuses on humane education, promoting respect for all animals, and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. The Ranch offers a variety of fun ways for kids to learn about animals, including camps, scout programs, classes, school field trips, and even special programs for homeschooled kids. Ranch residents include exotic reptiles like ball pythons, a bearded dragon lizard, and a sulcata tortoise; farm animals like miniature horses, miniature donkeys, goats, and pigs; and small mammals like rabbits, hedgehogs, and guinea pigs.

Want to get involved? You can donate money or wish list items for the animals, support the online auction, or host an event to benefit the ranch. Find more information at www.rescueranch.com.

There are many generous drivers in NASCAR who race to win – and also race to help those in need. This holiday season, consider making a donation to help your favorite driver win at helping others.

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