Verizon IndyCars’ Aleshin Leads RFK Trio Visit To School For Autistic Children
Racing For Kids, which for twenty-seven years has been cheering up sick kids with visits from professional race drivers, continued to explore new avenues of children’s healthcare with a visit Thursday, April 21, 2016, to the Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center in Birmingham, AL.
A three driver contingent lead by Verizon IndyCar Series’ first Russian driver, Mikhail Aleshin of SMP Racing, visited more than 80 youngsters in classrooms at Glenwood. Joining Aleshin were Indy Lights drivers Zach Beach of Belardi Auto Racing and Dalton Kellett of Andretti Autosport.
The visit, prior to activity at the Honda Grand Prix of Birmingham, was timed to raise awareness for autism during Autism Awareness Month.
Aleshin, Kellett and Veach, who also does color commentary for IMS Radio, autographed RFK Baseball Caps and hero cards while fielding a variety of questions from the knowledgeable students that included two popular inquiries: “how fast do you go” and “have you ever crashed?”
The Glenwood School is located on a picturesque multi-acre wooded campus on the outskirts of Birmingham, offers living quarters and daily classes for students from elementary school through adult education.
“Our faculty is dedicated to the full learning experience for our students, which is why we always look forward to our annual visit from Racing For Kids. We really appreciate the time Racing for Kids’ drivers take to interact with our students.” said one senior teacher at Glenwood.
Assisting with the racers with the visit was Ryan Nichols, a Birmingham area sales representative for Humana, a major sponsor of Racing For Kids.