NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup® Champion Jimmie Johnson will be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter “My Wish” Series on Monday, June 25. For the second year in a row, the series will chronicle children’s unique sports-themed experiences granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Johnson granted the wish of 16-year-old Jennifer Walters at Darlington Raceway in May.
The ESPN SportsCenter “My Wish” series will air Sunday, June 24, through Friday, June 29. The five “My Wish” episodes will feature Johnson, all-pro NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, All Star MLB player David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, NBA star Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, and Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson also recently took part in the launch of Destination Joy, the new signature campaign for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A Make-A-Wish Foundation study estimates 100,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions in the next four years. The Destination Joy campaign aims to inspire and empower Americans to share their much needed time, talent, and resources to make these children’s wishes come true.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly during the campaign launch and encouraged individuals to donate their airline miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to assist with travel for granting wishes. To find out more about how you can become involved, and for additional information on airline mileage donations, visit www.wish.org.
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series, the Nextel Cup. He is the reigning NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup® Champion. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
For additional information, contact:
Mary Barr, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, 704.453.2897, firstname.lastname@example.org
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