2015 Champion for Children The Dale Jr. Foundation

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NASCAR’s twelve-time most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., along with his sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, founded The Dale Jr. Foundation in 2007 as a way for them to channel their philanthropic efforts to one place.

The Dale Jr. Foundation’s mission is to give underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals.  Since its inception, TDJF has contributed to charities on local, regional and national levels through donations and nonmonetary aids.

Education
Research has shown that children who grow up with strong, positive values are happier and do better in school. This is why we feel that providing grants for technology, reading incentives and helping teachers with out-of-pocket expenses is vital to the success of our community.

Empowerment
The Dale Jr. Foundation supports many organizations that provide safe homes for children who come from traumatic pasts to help them with their hurt and give them a new start. These children have been abused or neglected by no fault of their own and need the resources to overcome their adversities and regain their sense of self confidence.

Hope
We feel that creating a connection with a child, no matter how small it may be, is the greatest way to provide them with the sense of normalcy. This connection can be the positive experience that they need to overcome their obstacles. 

Hunger
Research has shown that children who grow up with strong, positive values are happier and do better in school. This is why we feel that providing grants for technology, reading incentives and helping teachers with out-of-pocket expenses is vital to the success of our community. 

Wellness
Children need to be healthy in order to reach their full potential which is why we support organizations that provide child-friendly services. These organizations go beyond providing medical services and extending to all forms of holistic care. 

With initiatives such as the “Driven to Give” event, “Win Dale Jr.’s Ride” raffle, and the “Dale Jr. Ride-Along Experience,” the foundation has raised more than $4.2 million to benefit charities that directly impact our communities, schools and fellow citizens.

To date, Dale Jr. has granted 235 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses through the Make-A-Wish Foundation making him one of the top three athletes to reach this milestone. Other organizations that TDJF partners with annually are Blessings In A Backpack, Classroom Central and Donorschoose.org as well as many others.

For more information about The Dale Jr. Foundation please visit www.thedalejrfoundation.org.