May 15, 2008

NASCAR celebrates "Five years of caring" with KaBOOM! build

Drivers build playground from NASCAR Day funds
Fifth annual celebration to be held Friday with telethon
By Bill Kimm
May 15, 2008

There is something about the sound of children playing on a brand-new playground that just brings a smile to people's faces, and that's just one of the many projects funded by fans purchasing a $5 NASCAR Day pin.

NASCAR Day is celebrating "five years of caring" on Friday with the annual NASCAR Day telethon, with proceeds going to the NASCAR Foundation. There are two different ways to contribute: You can buy a NASCAR Day pin for $5, or you can call 1-888-MAY-16TH to make a donation.

Last year, the NASCAR Day event raised $1.64 million, and on Wednesday at the Elon School for Kids in Charlotte, N.C., Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, Johnny Sauter, NASCAR president Mike Helton, Home Depot, KaBOOM and more than 500 volunteers built a brand-new playground made possible by funds raised on NASCAR Day.

"It's exciting and fulfilling to come down and help the kids," Biffle said. "There's all kinds of volunteers that put these playgrounds together, so it's pretty exciting to be a party of this.

"It certainly gives the kids something to do, and all kids need playgrounds. [The drivers] were talking earlier, we all had a chance to go and play when we were growing up, and you don't think about it, but some kids don't have that opportunity. So it feels great to create that opportunity for some kids.


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