Three San Diego area school districts eligible for Champions Grant Funding

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2009)- Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced that schools in three San Diego school districts may now apply for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The foundation has partnered with Lowe’s and its Toolbox for Education program to help address the needs of schools and communities in Southern California.  Funds for the grants are being raised through the 3rd Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction which takes place Oct. 6-7.

“This year we felt that education was the right place to focus our fundraising efforts,” said Johnson, three-time, reigning Sprint Cup champion who attended Crest Elementary, Greenfield Middle School and Granite Hills High School in El Cajon. “Education is something that is very important to Chani and me. Even when I first started out, my parents made me keep my grades up or I wasn’t allowed to race. I think it’s important to make sure we give teachers and students the best tools possible and hopefully, these grants will help.”

Public K-12 programs or 501c(3) parent group associations in the Grossmont Union High School District, Cajon Valley Union School District or San Diego Unified School District may apply for a Champions Grant through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation website,www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.  The Champions Grants will range from $25,000-$100,000.  The grant application process closes on October 16.

Additional K-12 programs or 501c(3) parent group associations not included in these districts still may apply for a standard grant directly through the Toolbox for Education grant program atwww.toolboxforeducation.com.

In two years, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament and accompanying dinner and auction have raised more than $1 million for the San Diego area. With that funding, the Johnsons constructed four Habitat for Humanity homes on newly-created Foundation Lane.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006.  Johnson, the three-time reigning Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Impala SS in NASCAR’s top series.  The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States.  The foundation has committed more than $2 million to various charities.  For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visitwww.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About Toolbox for Education
Since its inception five years ago, has given more than $17.7 million to schools in the United States. This grant program provides parent groups and educators affiliated with K-12 public schools with financial tools to help improve their children’s schools. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to make ends meet, in 2009 Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is focusing on basic, one-time project needs. Schools can apply for up to $5,000 grants. The fall 2009 application process is open until Oct. 16, 2009. To apply now, visit toolboxforeducation.com.

CONTACT:
Mary Barr, Jimmie Johnson Foundation
704.453.2897
mbarr@jjracinginc.com

Kristine Curley, GMR Marketing
816.679.5091
kcurley@gmrmarketing.com