The NASCAR Foundation Celebrates National Teddy Bear Day with Speedy Bear Brigade

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On September 9, The NASCAR Foundation and its track partners delivered more than 1,000 Speedy Bears on National Teddy Bear Day to nearly 40 hospitals across the U.S. in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

 “This is our fourth year partnering with hospitals across the country to bring some comfort and joy to their pediatric patients,” stated Nichole Krieger, Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation. “This program is so uplifting, but especially this year, we hope the bears will bring big smiles during what can be a very stressful and emotional time.”

 NASCAR Drivers also participated in the initiative by recording a special video message for kids who received the bears, including: NASCAR Cup Series drivers Austin Cindric, Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek and Tyler Reddick; NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Ross Chastain, Noah Gragson and  Ryan Vargas; NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series drivers Cassie Gannis, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Natalie Decker; and, Rev Racing driver Isabella Robusto.

 Since the Speedy Bear Brigade began in 2017, the nationwide program has delivered nearly 4,000 teddy bears to sick children at more than 80 hospitals. For more information about The NASCAR Foundation, its programs or how to donate, please visit NASCARfoundation.org

Participating locations in the 2020 Speedy Bear Brigade include: 

StateAffiliationHospital Location
AlabamaTalladega SuperspeedwayChildren’s of AL
ArizonaPhoenix RacewayPhoenix Children’s Hospital
CaliforniaNASCAR LA OfficeChildren’s Hospital of Orange County
CaliforniaAuto Club SpeedwayLoma Linda University Children’s Hospital
FloridaSebring International RacewayAdvent Health
FloridaHomestead-Miami SpeedwayHomestead Hospital
FloridaNASCAR Daytona OfficeHalifax Health – Speediatrics Inpatient Unit
FloridaNASCAR Daytona OfficeKeech Neighborhood Clinic
FloridaNASCAR Daytona OfficeHalifax Health – Pediatric Care Deltona
FloridaNASCAR Daytona OfficeHalifax Health – Child & Adolescent Behavioral Services
GeorgiaRoad AtlantaNortheast GA Medical Center
GeorgiaSeacrest StudiosChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta
IllnoisChicagoland SpeedwaySilver Cross
IndianaIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayRiley Hospital for Children
IowaAdams County SpeedwayCHI Heath Mercy
MichiganMichigan International SpeedwayHenry Ford Allegiance Health Hospital
NevadaSpeedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayUMC Children’s Hospital
NevadaSpeedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySunrise Children’s Hospital
NevadaSpeedway Children’s Charities – Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySummerlin Children’s Hospital
New YorkWatkins Glen InternationalGolisano’s Children’s Hospital in Rochester
New YorkWatkins Glen InternationalUpstate Golisano’s Children’s Hospital in Syracuse
New YorkNASCAR New York OfficesHassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone
North CarolinaNASCAR Charlotte Area OfficesAtrium Health Levine Children’s
North CarolinaNASCAR Charlotte Area OfficesAtrium Health Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital
North CarolinaNASCAR Charlotte Area OfficesNovant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital / Huntersville Pediatric ED
North CarolinaMartinsville SpeedwayBrenner Children’s Hospital (Winston-Salem)
OhioToledo Speedway/ARCAToldeo Mercy Children’s Hospital
OhioSpeedway Children’s Charities – Kentucky SpeedwayNationwide Children’s Hospital
OhioSpeedway Children’s Charities – Kentucky SpeedwayCincinatti Children’s Hospital
OklahomaSalina Highbanks SpeedwayThe Childrens’ hospital at St. Francis
PennsylvaniaPocono RacewayLehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
South CarolinaDarlington RacewayTidelands Health
TennesseeBristol Motor SpeedwayNiswonger Children’s Hospital
TennesseeSeacrest StudiosMonroe Carell  Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
TexasSpeedway Children’s Charities – Texas Motor SpeedwayCook Children’s Hospital
TexasSpeedway Children’s Charities – Texas Motor SpeedwayTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
VirginiaRichmond RacewayChildren’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

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