Paralyzed Veterans to Hold First “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” Event
Fundraiser to Help Continue Organization’s Work with America’s Veterans

Bristol, TN (March 21, 2009) – Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) announced today that it will hold the first “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” event on May 19th at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing facility in Mooresville, NC.  The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by “The King” Richard Petty and other Richard Petty Motorsports drivers, entertainment and a silent auction.

Petty is the honorary chairman of the event.  Among his duties will be to wave the green flag to start the endurance race.  This event is a continuation of his three-year relationship with Paralyzed Veterans that has also taken him to several veterans’ hospitals to meet with injured troops coming home from America’s war on terror. 

“I’ve seen firsthand the sacrifices that our troops make so that we can enjoy our freedom,” stated Petty.  “It has been a real eye-opening experience to learn that there are still places around the country that are not wheelchair accessible and that there are some veterans that are not getting the care that they need.  Paralyzed Veterans of America works round the clock to change this situation.”

The “King’s Cup” promises to be one of the highlights of the racing action in the Charlotte, NC area that culminates with the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day.  The goal is to raise funds for Paralyzed Veterans at a time when they need our support.  The organization helps thousands of paralyzed veterans through its 71 regional offices and 34 chapters across the United States.

“Memorial Day is all about honoring our service men and women.  A great way to do that is to show them how much we care by helping them out in a time of need,” continued Petty.  “This is my first karting fundraiser, but I’ve been racing for over 60 years.  I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with it and I believe we are going to make this a very successful event.”

“The King’s Cup will be a great way to get the NASCAR community involved in our mission, to have fun and to raise much needed funds for America’s paralyzed veterans,” said Randy L. Pleva, Sr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans.  “We have enjoyed an outstanding partnership with Richard Petty and we are honored to have him as the honorary chairman of the event.  His presence brings attention to the great work that we do everyday for all veterans. We’re not asking for a handout.  We’re asking for a helping hand.” 

To learn more about the “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause,” please visit www.pva.org/gokart.

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