Making visit prior to qualifying for his first Daytona 500 this weekend
DALLAS (February 3, 2010) – Before heading down to the Daytona Beach, Fla. area on Thursday; NASCAR driver Robert Richardson, Jr. is going to spend some time with children at the Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.
Richardson, a native of nearby McKinney, Texas, will take a tour of the hospital before meeting and greeting children in the early afternoon. During his time with them, Richardson will compete against some of them in a NASCAR video game, take part in scrapbooking, autographs and photos, as well as talk about his life as a NASCAR driver.
“Scottish Rite is recognized the world over for the work they do with these children,” said Richardson, who will compete in the No. 38 in the Daytona 500 and No. 23 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race next weekend at Daytona with Texas-based Mahindra Tractors USA on board. “Their focus is on healing children with orthopedic conditions who, right now, aren’t able to do things you and I are on a daily basis.
“They look to heal children as best and fast as they can, and I look to drive as best and fast as I can on the track. Taking a little time before our NASCAR season begins to visit with the children and raise awareness of what the hospital does is the least I can do for Scottish Rite.”
TSRCH treats Texas children with orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand and hip disorders and limb-length differences. They also treat certain related neurological and learning disorders such as dyslexia.
Formed in 1921, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital has treated more than 190,000 children since its inception. Through the generous support of friends in the community, all services are provided without charge to the families.
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