Speedy Bear Brigade delivers holiday cheer to children in hospitals from coast-to-coast

Marissa Fuller

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 marked a significant day on the NASCAR calendar, one that demonstrated the true power and scope of the sport.

Amidst the excitement of the start of the holiday season, and the kickoff to our first-ever NASCAR Champion’s Week in Nashville, members of the NASCAR community across the country paused for a moment and celebrated the national Giving Tuesday observance by participating in The NASCAR Foundation‘s third-annual Speedy Bear Brigade.

Volunteers from various areas came together to deliver The NASCAR Foundation‘s Speedy Bears to local children‘s hospitals and clinics in racing communities.

The initiative has grown from 14 participating locations in its first year to more than 30 locations coast-to-coast in 2019, surpassing a total of 2,500 Speedy Bears delivered to children spending the holiday season in the hospital.

This year, the effort even expanded as far as Alaska and into Canada. And it will take the national stage when 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch makes a stop at a children‘s hospital as part of Champion’s Week in Nashville.

Each Speedy Bear delivery takes on a life of its own — generating a multitude of stories demonstrating the impact this effort has not only on the children who receive the bears, but also on the volunteers who participate.

NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb joined Kansas Speedway to kick off the campaign by visiting the University of Kansas Health System.

In the Charlotte area, NASCAR drivers Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Vargas, Chase Cabre, Gracie Trotter and  Nick Sanchez joined volunteers from the NASCAR offices in Charlotte and Concord, as well as Motor Racing Network and Racing Electronics to deliver bears to four hospital locations.

ISM Raceway enlisted the help of local up-and-coming drivers Sara Houston and brothers Jagger and Jace Jones to bring Speedy Bears to children at Banner Children‘s Hospital in Glendale, Arizona.

Other participating locations include: Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Watkins Glen International, Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, NASCAR Headquarters in Daytona, NASCAR New York Office, Iowa Speedway, Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, ARCA Headquarters, Alaska Raceway, Berlin Raceway, Edmonton International Raceway, Flatrock Speedway, New Smyrna Speedway, Seekonk Speedway, Thunderbird Speedway and Toledo Speedway.

Speedy Bear deliveries will continue to take place through the holiday season and into January. Help join The NASCAR Foundation‘s efforts: https://foundation.nascar.com/public/nascar/?form_id=699

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