Date published: May 11, 2012
American Youth Motorsports Team has been dedicated for eight years providing boys and girls from 6 to 18 years old an awareness of drag racing. Through a unique program, youths learn about substance abuse and street crime. AYMT is committed to provide a positive environment that encourages teamwork and discipline and builds self-esteem. Venues also include critical-care/sensory-impaired children at hospitals in the Southeast. Seminars include auto safety and career opportunities in motorsports.
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.
Darrell Gwynn Foundation is dedicated to preventing, providing for, and ultimately curing 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 NHRA's 1983 Top Alcohol Dragster champion, was a leading Top Fuel driver prior to sustaining career-ending injuries that left him a quadriplegic.
Drag Racing Association of Women provides financial and emotional support to individuals injured in drag racing accidents. Since 1985, this volunteer organization has provided more than $3.9 million in financial assistance to more than 760 racing families.
Racing for Cancer Research efforts use the highly powerful stage of NHRA Drag Racing to build awareness and break down barriers to increase prevention and early detection of cancer. Reaching out both on and off the track, the Coughlin family is leading the charge for cancer research by donating 100% of all money raised to cancer research. For additional information, log on to 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.