Military Families Of Folds Of Honor Foundation Touch The Heart Of Joey Loganoby Hunter Thomas May 8, 2015 0 comments
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Prior to this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action at Kansas Speedway, Team Penske’s Joey Logano and his foundation presented a $50,000 check to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Drivers present checks to non-profit organizations all of the time, but it’s the story behind Logano’s donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation that makes it so unique. The story begins back in March when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second points race of the season.
Logano was attending a Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) chapel service at the speedway when he met Major Dan Rooney who formed the Folds of Honor Foundation. During the service, Major Rooney told an amazing story that touched the heart of Joey Logano. As he sat there with his wife Brittany, captured by the story being told, Logano started thinking about how the Joey Logano Foundation could be of assistance.
“It hit a spot for me,” Logano said. “I was sitting there with my wife, Brittany, and told her it was an amazing story and how it lined up perfect with what we do at the Joey Logano Foundation. The Joey Logano Foundation is based on second chances. Our mission is giving someone a second chance. For people that work really hard and need a little help getting their life back on track again. Whether it is natural disasters or military stuff, it is pretty wide the people we can help with the foundation. This year we are trying to pick it up a notch and try to give away a lot more money.”
The Folds of Honor Foundation is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization centered around providing annual educational scholarships to families who’ve lost loved ones in military service or have family members who’ve been disabled through their efforts in defending the country.
During driver intros prior to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Logano walked up to Major Rooney and offered to donate the winnings if he won the race later that night. Logano started on the pole for the race, but he came up just a little short and finished fourth.
“So in the spur of the moment I walked up to Major Dan at driver intros and told him that if we won the race I was going to donate my winnings to him,” Logano said. “Unfortunately we didn’t win. I think we finished fourth. We were close but even when we were done I still wanted to do something with Folds of Honor just because of everything that happened that day and the stories I heard of what they do.”
Flash-forward nine races later to this weekend at Kansas Speedway, the Joey Logano Foundation was able to write the $50,000 check for the Folds of Honor Foundation in hopes that it’d give someone who’s being challenged with a difficult situation, an opportunity at a quality education. With the Folds of Honor Foundation being a military-based nonprofit organization, there’s no better professional sport to reach out to, then NASCAR. The sport regularly supports the troops and the military branches through paint schemes, fundraisers, pre-race festivities and much more.
Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas