MOORESVILLE, NC (August 16, 2006) – The Dale Earnhardt Foundation today announced plans for a special “Back To School Tour” to four US cities in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs in America. Planned in conjunction with Feed The Children, one of the nation’s foremost child relief agencies, each city will receive a visit to their local Boys & Girls Club by the special Dale Earnhardt Foundation/Feed The Children semi tractor-trailer. Club members in each selected city will be treated to a “Back To School” celebration with refreshments, games, entertainment and fun, all designed to encourage the children to study and stay in school. Each child attending will receive a new backpack, complete with school supplies and a personal care box from Feed The Children for the family. Additionally, each of the local Boys & Girls Clubs in the selected cities will receive donations of books, video games, stuffed toys and other games for use in their local clubs.
Throughout 2006, the Boys & Girls Club movement will celebrate 100 years of providing hope and opportunity to generations of America’s youth, thereby saving and changing millions of young lives. The Dale Earnhardt Foundation “Back To School Tour 2006” will visit the following cities and Boys & Girls Clubs on these dates:
- Denver, CO: William E. Cope Branch, August 30, 2006
- Denver, CO: Denver Broncos Branch, August 31, 2006
- Charlotte, NC: Belmont Avenue Boys & Girls Clubs, September 8, 2006
- Dallas, TX: Boys & Girls Clubs “Day for Kids”, September 16, 2006
- Indianapolis, IN: LeGore Boys & Girls Club, September 28, 2006
The highlight of the tour will be the Dallas, TX event which will coincide with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national “Day for Kids” on Saturday, September 16. Over 2,000 Dallas area youth will be treated to a day of fun at Bahama Beach Waterpark. The goal of “Day For Kids” is for adults and kids to spend meaningful time together- to talk, to listen, to learn and to play. By sharing such moments, they will create a special memory and make a kid’s day.
“We thank The Dale Earnhardt Foundation for its generous contribution and participation in the Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids,” said Charles English, President and CPO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “With many of our families struggling to budget for school supplies, this contribution will go a long way in helping their kids get off to a good start this school year. You can be proud of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of children.”
In making the announcement, Teresa Earnhardt, CEO and president of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and founder of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, said, “One of the initiatives of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is working with organizations that assist children and their families. By collaborating with Feed The Children we hope this national effort honoring the mission and success of Boys & Girls Clubs in America will further encourage at-risk youth to stay in school and continue their education. ”
“We are so excited to be able to once again work with The Dale Earnhardt Foundation to help needy children and families in cities across the U.S.” said Larry Jones, president and co-founder of Feed The Children. “With the help of compassionate friends like Teresa Earnhardt and everyone at The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, we can truly make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.”
About The Dale Earnhardt Foundation
THE DALE EARNHARDT FOUNDATION was founded in 2002 with the mission of carrying on Dale's name and good works through charitable causes he supported during his lifetime. This non-profit 501(c) 3 public foundation is dedicated to supporting local and national programs focused on areas of deep personal interest to the racing legend, including Children, Education, the Environment and Wildlife Preservation. The Dale Earnhardt Foundation can be found at www.thedaleearnhardtfoundation.org.
About Feed the Children
Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is the 3rd largest international charity in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. The mission of Feed The Children is to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. In FY 2005, Feed The Children shipped more than 183 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 1,463,065 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.