Boats Are Available for 11th Annual “Hot Rods & Reels™” Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Daytona International Speedway, February 24

January 24th, 2012

NASCAR Drivers team up with Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn for a fun day of fishing to support people with paralysis

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –– The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will host the Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 24 at 8 a.m. The event will pair NASCAR Drivers with foundation supporters, executives and racing fans for a day of exciting fishing during the Daytona 500 Weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Several boats are available for sponsorships at this year’s event. The fishing tournament is a unique experience to fish with a NASCAR Driver in a private boat during the Daytona 500 Weekend. It’s a great opportunity for companies to reward employees or entertain clients. Many companies use the event as a reward built around an employee incentive program designed to increase sales with great success. For information on sponsoring a boat and the opportunity to fish with a NASCAR Driver please call (954) 792-7223 x.113 or visit

Approximately 20 fishing boats, professional fishing guide volunteers and a large-mouth/peacock bass-stocked Lake Lloyd inside the Daytona International Speedway await participants who will fish with the likes of NASCAR personalities Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Darrell Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Joey Coulter, Ryan Newman, Richard Childress, Martin Truex, Scott Wimmer and many more! All tournament proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. Attendees will also enjoy a trackside breakfast courtesy of Rolltisserie by Southern Pride.

“The tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fish with a NASCAR Driver,” says Darrell Gwynn, president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. “This is the perfect chance for companies looking to entertain clients or reward employees during the Daytona 500 Weekend. It’s always a lot of fun and we get great support from the NASCAR Drivers that attend and make it such a great event.”

The tournament will take place at the Daytona International Speedway on Lake Lloyd. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

At the event, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, will donate a custom power wheelchair to an individual in need. The wheelchair donation will be made through the foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program. Fans can “Give the Gift of Mobility” and support the foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program by visiting

In addition to raising spinal cord injury awareness and purchasing custom power wheelchairs for children and young adults, a portion of the money is donated to the “Speediatrics” unit at Halifax Hospital. This special unit, which is brightly decked out in a racing theme, helps children and families feel more comfortable amid what can be stressful circumstances.

Richard Childress

Gwynn, a champion racer whose career ended when he sustained a spinal cord injury in a racing accident in 1990, has dedicated his life to supporting people with paralysis and research for a cure and preventing spinal cord injuries through awareness and education. He and his wife Lisa founded the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in 2002.

Sponsors who made the event possible include: Bass Pro Shops-Outdoor World, Sprint, Hook & Tackle, Bass Online, Coca-Cola, Rolltisserie by Southern Pride and Plano.

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About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two Speediatrics Units the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida. The foundation also lobbied and established With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries and living with paralysis. For more information please visit or


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