I think this is pretty cool.
A local race fan is giving away his tickets to the upcoming NASCAR stop in Bristol to someone else living with a disability. What a nice thing to do, huh?
It's a contest, through Keystone Mobility, a local business providing mobility products for people with disabilities, and the Center for Independent Living.
Here's the info that was provided to me:
Living Well With A Disability™ is about assisting people with disabilities in meeting their goals and dreams – and for some this means checking off items on their bucket list. The CILs involved with Living Well With A Disability work to assist people in finding the resources to fulfill those goals. But this month, we’re putting a twist on the program. Living Well With A Disability has the dream, but now we need the dreamer.
Regardless if it’s the sound that gets the racecar fans excited, or simply being in the stands to watch it live, attending a NASCAR race is on a lot of people’s bucket lists.
One of those people is Mike Auer. He’s a father, a husband, an employee of the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, a huge NASCAR fan, and a person who uses a wheelchair.
“I have been to several races at different tracks, but my dream was to go to Bristol in Tennessee. And, after becoming a NASCAR fan in the early 90s, I realized Bristol Motor Speedway was the place to be – especially, the night race. I finally pursued the season tickets in 2004 to get to Bristol,” stated Mike.
After 5 long years of being on a waiting list, Mike’s name finally reached the top. He got season tickets and went to Bristol. But now, after experiencing the thrill of NASCAR racing in person, Mike wants to let someone else achieve a similar dream. With the support of Keystone Mobility, a Central PA business providing mobility products for people with disabilities, and the Center for Independent Living of Central PA’s Living Well With A Disability program, someone with a disability will receive Mike’s 3 FREE tickets for the 2012 Bristol race, and experience the race of their life.
On August 25, 2012, one lucky winner will enter Bristol Motor Speedway for the IRWIN Tools Night Race in Bristol, Tennessee. Keystone Mobility is sponsoring Mike’s 3 tickets ($390) so another person with a disability can live his or her dream.
The three tickets are part of one package, and include one open seating area (accessible), two standard seats beside the accessible seating and an accessible parking pass.
So, how can you get these tickets?
Interested individuals must submit an essay of 500 words or less explaining why the person with a disability deserves the package of tickets. Along with the essay, contact information must be provided, including: name, phone number, email, and age of person with a disability. All information should be emailed to resources(at)livingwellwithadisability(dot)org no later than Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. The winner will be contacted on Friday, July 20, 2012.
When applying for the tickets, there are a few rules that must be followed, including:
Must use all 3 available tickets including: 1 open seating area for one wheelchair or motorized scooter user, 2 standard seats next to the open seating area, and an accessible parking pass
To be eligible to win, the individual must submit the reason for why they deserve the tickets, and their contact information by July 17, 2012.
Must be available to attend the event on August 25
Must be a person who uses assistive technology for mobility (ex: wheelchair, scooter)
Transportation, lodging and all other costs will be the responsibility of the winner.
Must pick up the tickets at the Center for Independent Living of Central PA’s office.
If under 18 years old, winner must have a parent or guardian sign a letter, confirming the acceptance of tickets on day of pickup.
No purchase necessary to enter or win.
Must allow photo and story to be published on the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Living Well With A Disability and Keystone Mobility Website/Facebook pages, and other publications.
So, ready, set, go! Submit your story about your dream of seeing NASCAR racing live!