NASCAR Drivers team up with Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn for a fun day of fishing to support people with paralysis
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –– A fishing team captained by Clint Bowyer, consisting of James Lancaster, Austin Lancaster and Brett Isackson, won the 15th annual Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers on Lake Lloyd at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 21. The event pairs 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.
Although his team won the title with a winning combined weight of 10.92lbs. bass, Bowyer did not participate in the event. Bowyer, a mainstay at the event, was banged up in a racing incident the night before during the Budweiser Duels. Bowyer is in good health and his team carried on without him and won the title.
“So, Clint doesn’t show up, and his team wins the fishing tournament? I guess that should tell us about Clint’s value to the team (laughs),” said a joking Darrell Gwynn, president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
Jamie McMurray, coming off his Hot Rods & Reels – Homestead victory in November 2013, was the top driver who participated in the event. His team consisting of George McNeilly and Travis and Zaccari Annarumma netted a total of 10.88lbs. of bass.
“I wanted to defend my title, and I had a great team today,” said McMurray. “Everyone on the boat contributed. It’s great to be a part of this event and support Darrell and what he’s doing here to help kids get the wheelchairs they need.”
Several NASCAR Drivers including Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex, David Ragan, Kyle Larson, David Gilliand, Donnie Allison, Dave Blaney and Justin Allison participated in the event.
At the event, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a brand new $19,000 custom power wheelchair to 10 year-old and Oviedo, Florida native, Giannely Rosa. Giannely is diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and arthogryposis. She had outgrown her old wheelchair, which was not designed properly for her. Medicaid denied her request for a new, better fitting, wheelchair. Giannely is an extremely active 10 year-old girl. She enjoys swimming, dancing, drawing, playing video games and being outside. With this new wheelchair donation from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, her goals are to attend art school and become an artist, become a singer and to attend a ballet school for girls with disabilities. She also would like to play sports like wheelchair soccer.
A shy, but adorable, Giannelly offered a soft, but unmistakable “thank you” to all the attendees at the event who supported her wheelchair donation.
Sponsors who made the event possible include: Bass Pro Shops-Outdoor World, Keller Boats, Club 3, Jegs, Sprint, Hook & Tackle, World Fishing Network, Bass Online, NASCAR Foundation, Halifax Hospital, Florida Wildlife Foundation and Plano.
Give the Gift of Mobility: https://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/the-gift-of-mobility.php
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 facing medical and financial hardships. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. 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. 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. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency. For more information please visit darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundationor follow @gwynnfoundation.
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