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The NASCAR Hall of Fame Reaches 1000th Student Visitor since February

March 26, 2013

An educational field trip grant supported by the Kasey Kahne Foundation brings students to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  (March 26, 2013)– The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed its 1,000th student visitor since Feb. 1 of this year as the result of an educational field trip grant supported by the Kasey Kahne Foundation. Throughout February and March, more than 1,000 students from across the state traveled to Charlotte to learn about the history, heritage and science of NASCAR on educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Since the partnership was created in 2011, approximately 2,259 students have visited the facility as a direct result of these efforts.

The field trips are funded by proceeds from the third annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” held in Uptown Charlotte last October. This is the third year the Kasey Kahne Foundation has supported the grant and the first year the grant has extended to multiple CTE regions in the state. A generous supporter of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and its education initiatives in the community, Kahne has even enlisted the help of fellow drivers, crew members and NASCAR celebrities during the “Five Kahne” to generate awareness making it a highly anticipated signature fundraiser, while continuously serving as a champion for chronically ill children and their families through his foundation. Next year’s “Five Kahne” is already preparing to continue the legacy with a date set for Oct. 13 in Uptown Charlotte. 

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the lasting impression the NASCAR Hall of Fame makes on these young minds,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. “With help from the Kasey Kahne Foundation, we’ve been able to inspire the future of our industry, while interactively teaching valuable curriculum through hands-on opportunities.”

Several high school and middle school groups from more than 20 counties in North Carolina from as far east as Durham County and as far west as Cleveland County have enjoyed a day of interactive learning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. More student groups are scheduled to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame throughout March and April.

"The Kasey Kahne Foundation has been thrilled with the overwhelming support of the NASCAR industry and running community of Charlotte making this event and fundraising for these educational grants possible,” said Shanon Adams, vice president of the Kasey Kahne Foundation.  “As the “Five Kahne” has gained momentum and popularity as a premier 5K in the community, it allows us to make a difference in the lives of so many youth while exposing them to the sport of racing through the exhibits at the NASCAR Hall of Fame."

Students in career and technical education (CTE) courses such as automotive technology, drafting engineering and digital media as well as other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related courses have learned about the science of NASCAR.

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Up-to-the-minute updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.

About the 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 open 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. nascarhall.com
 
About The 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 also dedicated to supporting youth platforms, including educational programs. For more information visit kaseykahnefoundation.org.