Darlington Raceway & NASCAR Kids Host Blessings In A Backpack Event At Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museumby Press Release September 3, 2021 0 comments
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Before the roar of the engines sound at Darlington Raceway, track staff and volunteers gathered at the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum today for a packing event with Blessings in a Backpack. 300 backpacks provided by NASCAR Kids were packed to benefit the Hartsville Boys & Girls Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the Official Youth Community Partner of NASCAR.
“Race weekends are known for the fun and excitement at the track, but it is also a time to give back to our community,” said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp. “We are honored to work with Blessings in a Backpack who does amazing work serving communities to help end childhood hunger across the country. Thanks to NASCAR Kids for donating the backpacks that will benefit our local Boys & Girls Club.”
Today’s packing event was the second Darlington Raceway event to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. The first event was Track Laps for Charity on Aug. 21. For a donation of $20 per car, fans drove three laps around the track Too Tough to Tame to support Blessings in a Backpack and Darlington Shares.
“We are excited and honored to partner again with our friends at Darlington Raceway and NASCAR Kids to help feed children in the local community,” said Beth Bush, director of athletic partnerships for Blessings in a Backpack. “Especially now, with more children than ever considered to be food insecure, packing bags of weekend nutrition for the local boys and girls club at the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum is an excellent example of how the community shows support for kids and families in need.”
As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across the United States who might otherwise go hungry. With over 13 million children experiencing food insecurity, one in six children may be struggling with access to food. To learn more about Blessings in a Backpack and get involved in your community, visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org.
NASCAR Kids is a program designed to help kids learn all about the world of NACAR through unique science, technology and innovation-inspired content. NASCARKids.com is the program’s free digital hub featuring exclusive NASCAR videos, games and activities created especially for kids. NASCAR Kids believes children learn best when they’re having fun, so educational information paired with the fun of NASCAR challenges children to think, learn and have fun all at the same time. Kids 12 and under can join the NASCAR Kids Club with parental support at www.nascarkids.com/kids-club-subscribe.
In April, NASCAR announced a multiyear partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the nonprofit’s mission of enabling and enriching the lives of young people. As the Official Youth Community Partner of NASCAR, Boys & Girls Clubs of America works with NASCAR and industry stakeholders like Darlington Raceway to engage youth and teens across the country with NASCAR content and experiences. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America and support its mission with donations, visit BGCA.org.
The Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and NMPA Hall of Fame will be open for race fans to explore the storied history of the track Too Tough To Tame. Museum is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Museum admission is free with a race ticket or $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for military and FREE for kids under the age of 12. For more information, visit www.darlingtonraceway.com/museum.
Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery
The Tradition Continues with the Darlington Raceway Labor Day Race Weekend presented by the South Carolina Education Lottery on Sept. 4-5. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will start the weekend with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. For the first time in track history, Darlington will host a NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 5 with the In It To Win It 200, the second race in the Round of 10 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, at 1:30 p.m. followed by the 72nd running of the famed Cook Out Southern 500® race to launch the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at 6:00 p.m.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com. Fans can purchase a single ticket for the NASCAR Playoff doubleheader featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Cup Series on Sept. 5.
About Blessings in a Backpack
Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack is mobilizing communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. During the 2020/21 school year, Blessings provided 2.2 million hunger-free weekends for thousands of children in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
About Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway, nicknamed The Lady in Black and the track Too Tough To Tame, is home to the award-winning Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR and annually hosts two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends, along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Opening in 1950, Darlington Raceway is “A NASCAR Tradition” and NASCAR’s original superspeedway with its famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, challenging the sports best in one of the most iconic NASCAR races, the Southern 500®. For more information about Darlington Raceway, visit darlingtonraceway.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).
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