April 25, 2012
NASCAR driver’s annual 5K continues to fund field trips to NASCAR Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 25, 2012) – Marketing students from South Rowan High School were treated to a free field trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame today compliments of the Kasey Kahne Foundation and NC STEM Learning Network.
More than 70 students visited the entertainment attraction in Uptown Charlotte, N.C. to learn about the business of NASCAR. While touring the four-story educational venue, students also learned about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The field trip grant was a result of the second annual Kasey Kahne Foundation Five Kahne, which was held on the streets of uptown Charlotte last October following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With more than 300 runners, including some NASCAR stars, the event netted $28,000, nearly double what the event raised in its inaugural year.
“We saw tremendous growth in the second year of the Five Kahne, and we are eager to build on that momentum in 2012,” said Shanon Adams, director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “We are already planning our third annual run and working to make the event a tradition for the October race weekend in Charlotte, N.C. It is rewarding to watch the local community pull together to help the Kasey Kahne Foundation generate awareness and support for underprivileged youth.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne started the 5K charity run in 2010 in hopes of building an annual event to generate funds for youth causes. Through a partnership with the NC STEM Learning Network, proceeds from the run fund grants for educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte also is a beneficiary.
The first field trip funded by this grant program took place in January of 2011. More than 100 seventh-grade students from C.C. Griffin, J.N. Fries and Mt. Pleasant Middle Schools in Cabarrus County enjoyed a day of interactive learning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The 2012 Five Kahne is scheduled for Sunday, October 14. Online registration will open in May. For volunteer opportunities and more information, visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org.
About NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.
About Kasey Kahne Foundation
The Kasey Kahne Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, was created by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families. The foundation is dedicated to positive cultural changes by giving underprivileged boys and girls ample opportunities for success. Community involvement projects and volunteerism are valued as they have the chance to make a positive impact on a life. Visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org.
About NC STEM Learning Network
The NC STEM Learning Network ensures all students are college and career ready by engaging in rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education that provides them with more choices in life and bolsters the economic strength of North Carolina’s communities. Visit www.ncstem.org.
By networking communities, public groups and private resources to each other, NC STEM: