Racing For Kids® – Helping Sick Kids Get Better Faster
Racing For Kids® is a unique national charity, which supports children when they are most vulnerable — sick and hospitalized. Drawing on the popularity of motorsports, Racing For Kids uses its distinctive position within the racing world to bring attention and funding to child health institutions.
At the heart of the RFK program are visits to children’s hospitals around the country by the Racing For Kids celebrity racecar drivers, who spend time with each sick child, telling stories, signing autographs, posing for photographs and giving out the Racing For Kids baseball-style hats, coloring books and posters. For many hospitalized youngsters, these visits by the racers are the lone bright spot in what is often a rather gloomy experience. Physicians report that our visits play an important part in each child’s recovery therapy by brightening their lives and inspiring them to get better faster.
Racing For Kids® representatives have visited more than 38,000 sick children in more than 750 hospital and healthcare facility visits, and more than $7.5million raised in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Australia.
Another important aspect of the Racing For Kids® program is the funding that has been raised for Children’s Hospitals and other worthy child healthcare institutions across the country. Since its founding in Detroit in 1989, Racing For Kids has raised more than $7 million through donations, specific fund raising events and in-kind gifts.
Major sponsors of Racing For Kids® include Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, TranSystems, Benson Ford, Jr., Douglas E. Fregin, and the Michael McCallister Charitable Fund.Download Our Press Kit (PDF)
“Racing For Kids is just a great charity and a great cause. To go on a hospital visit and to visit kids that are sick and that have such an optimistic outlook - it’s mind boggling and so inspirational. Racing For Kids has done so much over so many years. I’m just glad to be a part of it and to have the opportunity to make a difference.”
Indianapolis 500 Winner (2014) - INDYCAR driver for Andretti Autosport
“I couldn’t imagine being in some of those situations being 4, 5 , 6 or 18 years old even…so whatever I can do to help is the most important thing and I think it’s just knowing that I impacted their day in the littlest way possible is huge for me.”
INDYCAR driver for Andretti Autosport
“For us to be able to go and have some time with them and just hang out and take pictures and be in our race suits …. It brought a smile to their face, which in turn made us smile and feel really good inside.”
2016 Indianapolis 500 winner – Andretti Autosport
“It’s great to see how involved they (Racing For Kids) are in each community that we go to and anytime we get a chance to meet some kids that are going through a rough time and hopefully provide a little bit of excitement and happiness to their day is a great experience for us as well.“
INDYCAR driver for Citrone/Buhl and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing