and Special Olympics Get a Heroes’ Welcome from NASCAR
WHAT: Special appearance
by NASCAR driver Robby Gordon and the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet
Monte Carlo with FDNY-Special Olympics paint scheme. The car, promoting
Fire Safety Awareness and the Special Olympics, will race at NASCAR’s
Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2003.
July 21, 2003, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Engine Company 16 / Ladder Company 7
234 East 29th Street, New York, NY (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
driver and long-time FDNY supporter Robby Gordon (winner of the
Dodge/Savemart 350 in Sonoma, Calif, and currently 15th in the Winston
Cup points standings); NAME, FDNY; athletes from Special Olympics.
Robby Gordon, Cingular Wireless and NASCAR appreciate the skill,
bravery and dedication that members of the New York Fire Department
and the participants in Special Olympics exhibit every day.
Cingular Wireless will donate $50 to the Special
Olympics and $50 to FDNY for each lap Gordon completes at the Watkins
Glen event, $500 to each organization for each lap Gordon leads
and $50,000 to each organization if Gordon wins.
FDNY and Cingular Wireless are strong supporters of the Special
Olympics, which promotes training and athletic competition for individuals
with mental retardation. Special Olympics participants develop physical
fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy by sharing their
athletic skills in an enriching environment. Members of the FDNY
community proudly contribute their time to various Special Olympics
events, providing equipment set-up and support at athletic events.
The FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund is
the non-profit foundation of the Fire Department of the City of
New York. The Fund supports the FDNY in serving the public and saving
lives through fire safety education and other joint projects. The
Fund, in conjunction with the Fire Department, created a state of
the art learning center in Rockefeller Center in 2001. More the
100,000 School children and visitors from across the city and throughout
the nation have visited the Fire Zone experiencing first hand the
important lessons of prevention, practice and planning. The Fund
is the only organization sanctioned by the Fire Department and the
City of New York to market the FDNY logo. A significant portion
of the proceeds from the sale of officially licensed FDNY Fire Zone
products goes to support the work of the Fund.