Racing For Kids brightened the day and the rooms of more than 100 hospitalized youngsters in Children’s Hospital of Michigan this week. For the 2nd year in a row, the suburban Detroit based auto racing children’s charity delivered individual “Night Light Projector” gifts to the youngsters, some of whom may be spending the holidays in […]
Racing for Kids, which has spent more than two decades of visiting sick kids at Children’s Hospitals around the world, joined forces with six drivers from the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, to cheer up kids and improve their social health at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, Hubert, NC just outside the Camp Lejeune Marine Base.
The Drivers, who will race at the Marine Corps Air Station New River, visited with some 60 children. The kids were first grade through fifth grade, many of them sons and daughters of military personnel stationed at the base.
The Drivers included Steve Arpin, Chip Ganassi Racing, Cabot Bigham and Alex Keyes, Dreyer Reinbold Racing, and Alejandro Fernandez, Travis PeCoy and Christian Brooks of AF Racing. They visited with the children answering questions and signing Racing for Kids Baseball Caps and Photo Cards.
“How do you guys get your sponsors?” asked one enterprising youngster in the crowd.
“We have to always be polite and friendly to people,” offered Arpin. “Always look the person in the eye when you shake hands with them.”
Another youngster asked Fernandez if he spoke another language, and the personable Brazilian driver calmly replied, “yes, Spanish.”
Each driver described how he got into racing and by the end of the session many of the youngsters were picking a “winner” from the group of drivers at the Club for Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Race.
“I hope each of you win,” offered one student.
According to Brigade officials at the event, the Club offers youngsters a variety of activities during the summer months.