CONCORD, N.C. (July 15, 2011) – A Child’s Place and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have been selected as the final charities to be featured on the 2011 Helmet of Hope, which Johnson will wear in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway in September.
Each organization will also receive a grant of $10,000.
The Associated Press’s Jenna Fryer nominated A Child’s Place, which works to erase the impact of homelessness on a child’s education.
“The number of homeless children in local schools is growing,” explained Fryer on her nomination form. “As of June 30, 2010, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools identified 4,453 homeless children enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.”
Donna Haynes of Blaine, Minn. nominated the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which provides awareness and education of suicide.
“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention not only provides education and awareness to suicide it also helps families affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide,” offered Haynes. “I started a Blaine walk in honor of my son and the many other teen families in my area that have felt that they had no other choice than to take their own life.”
“In my school district we have had 11 teen suicides in less than two years. My mission with the help of AFSP is to help children learn that there are other ways to turn for help, and to help the families that have already been affected,” added Haynes.
In its fourth year, the Helmet of Hope program gives fans and media members across the country the opportunity to nominate their charity of choice to be featured on Johnson’s helmet for a select race. Each charity also receives a grant of $10,000. To date, the program has contributed close to $200,000 to 37 different charities.
A Child’s Place and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention join Victory Junction, Make-A-Wish Central and Western, N.C. Chapter, the Family Crisis Resource Center of Cumberland, Md. , Conquer Chiari, 24 Hours of Booty, the Flagler County Education Foundation, Lollipop Theater Network, the Tennessee Chapter of the ALS Association, the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and Els for Autism as charities that will be featured on the Helmet of Hope. The American Red Cross, which was placed on the helmet to kick off the event in response to recent tragedies across the nation, and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, which the Jimmie Johnson Foundation partners with to fund Champions Grants, which are awarded to K-12 public schools in the hometowns where the Johnsons grew up and currently live, will also be featured.
Fans and media members may visit www.helmetofhope.org for updates and future announcements regarding the 2011 Helmet of Hope.