I came across a heart-warming story about Dale Earnhardt Jr. this morning as I was catching up on the latest news in the NASCAR world. Dale Jr. is teaming up with the Victory Junction children’s camp in their “Keeping the Dream Alive” campaign. He has pledged $1 million to build and maintain The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre at the camp for children with serious illnesses. Dale Jr.’s generosity was very inspiring to me. It’s always nice to hear stories of people giving back and helping to improve the lives of others.
Victory Junction is a year-round camp for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who have chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Located in Randleman, NC, the camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam Petty who died tragically during a Nationwide Series practice session in 2000. Adam had a passion for helping children and had always dreamed of a way to change their lives. Since opening its doors in 2004, the camp has welcomed over 11,000 children from 47 states and three countries. Although it costs $2,500 to send a child to the camp, none of the families have to bear the burden of this cost because it is covered by donations from generous donors.
Dale Jr. is just one of these generous donors. His $1 million donation will be used to build and maintain an interactive outdoor amphitheatre. This will give children at the camp the opportunity to sing songs, act in a play, tell jokes, play an instrument, watch a movie and much, much more. Ground-breaking will take place on March 27, 2010 during the Dale Jr. Foundation Physical Disabilities Weekend at Victory Junction.
For more information on Victory Junction, please visit: www.victoryjunction.org.
For more information on the Dale Jr. Foundation, please visit: www.thedalejrfoundation.org.
Keep checking back – we’ll post updates and pictures of the amphitheatre’s progress as we get them!