The mission of the Tony Stewart Foundation is to provide grant funding to well-qualified organizations serving children who are critically ill or physically disabled; animals at-risk or endangered; and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing.
Birmingham, AL, (April 26, 2016) – 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart knows it takes heart, drive and determination to overcome adversity on the track. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Talladega Superspeedway racing on Sunday, May 1. Smoke is making his 2nd appearance behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet having worked hard to overcome his back injury sustained January 31.
Stewart knows a person needs a motivator, a cheerleader or a friend to help soldier through the difficult times when recovering from an injury or facing a critical illness. It’s but one reason why Hand in Paw, based in Birmingham, AL, is one of Tony’s “Grant Accelerator” Charities. Hand in Paw (HIP) is in the business of providing animal-assisted therapy teams to make a hospital stay just a bit brighter for a child. In 2015, HIP logged 97,000 interactions – bringing their healing 4-legged comfort to hundreds of children who simply need a bit more courage delivered through a furry friend. Children like Hunter.
Cindy has been a Tony Stewart fan for years – back to his IRL days. She shares,“I met his mom several years ago and that sealed the deal. I have proudly worn and collected Tony Stewart memorabilia ever since. My brother-in-law has even bid (and won) TS items during charity auctions so I am a very proud owner of a framed autographed and authenticated Tony Stewart leather jacket. I am truly blessed!” Asked about her favorite type of racing, Cindy responded, “WOW – that’s a loaded question! In my early years when living in Indiana, the Indy 500 was THE race and I looked forward to the month of May UNTIL the first Brickyard 400 in 1994. I have been to the NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway (as it is now known) and have also had a chance to hit a couple dirt tracks! I think it is safe to say that I have a love for anything racing however my heart belongs to NASCAR.
In following Tony’s career along with meetings Pam a.k.a. “Mama Smoke”, I was impressed with Tony’s giving nature and wanted to help support his foundation.
This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to the great state of Texas. Tony, recuperating from his January 31 back injury, will be there in various capacities although not behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS – not quite yet. For Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500, Tony will be there as an owner and as a philanthropist.
Question Number 1:
Who was Jay Pfeifer, NASCAR Illustrated’s former editor-in-chief, talking about when he said, “…he can be NASCAR’s most powerful force for good”?
You may guess several names but unless you came up with “Tony Stewart” as the answer – you’d be wrong.
Tony Stewart, fresh off his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, is among the four drivers scheduled to take part in a two-day Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday [...]
Rayleen CampilongaWhat a great organization ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you Tony Stewart!!! A friend of ours has a therapy dog that visited my mom in rehab and hospice until she passed away in November, so this touches my heart❤️❤️❤️
Egg Waffle StarrTony , you are a caring person. Thanks for your help with these special children, I work with mentally challenged individual s also, and it is very nice to see what a caring person you are