Chase Elliott Foundation “DESI9N TO DRIVE” Racing Shoes to Benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman and William Byron to wear children-designed racing shoes at Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR race on Feb. 24
ATLANTA, GA. (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Chase Elliott Foundation officially launched its third-annual “DESI9N TO DRIVE” art design collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s), the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia. Elliott and his three Hendrick Motorsports teammates will wear racing shoes designed by four Children’s patients during this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 24.
Patients at Children’s submitted color sketches of racing shoes depicting their “big dreams” and four sketches were selected to be replicated on the Alpinestars racing shoes worn by the Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Beginning today, each of the four racing shoes are being auctioned online for nine days, ending March 2. Auction proceeds go to the Chase Elliott Foundation to benefit the summer camp program that Children’s runs for its large patient network.
“My teammates and I always look forward to wearing these DESI9N TO DRIVE racing shoes as we know how much it means to the patients and their families at Children’s,” said Elliott, a Dawsonville, Ga. native and three-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner last year in the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. “The fun part is picking the designs and then meeting with the patient later and hearing what inspired their design.”
Elliott’s teammates at Hendrick Motorsports include drivers Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion, Alex Bowman, and William Byron, the 2019 Daytona 500 pole winner.
“We are so honored to partner with Chase Elliott again on this DESI9N TO DRIVE program, which helps expand our summer camp program offerings to meet the needs of our growing patient population,” said Beth Buursema, senior director, Foundation and Community Relations at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Whenever Chase visits Children’s, he brings lots of smiles to our patients and they are always so excited to see him.”
The winning racing shoe sketches were submitted by four patients at Children’s ranging in age from eight to 16 years old. The Hendrick drivers picked their favorite sketch, resulting in the following driver-designer pairings:
- Chase Elliott – Ethan Daniels, age 13
- Jimmie Johnson – Caroline Lehman, age 9
- Alex Bowman – Michael Rhone, age 16
- William Byron – Alivia Calvert, age 8
The four designers will meet the four drivers on Sunday at the race track. Following the race, each driver will sign their respective racing shoes, which are being auctioned off at the online auction site of the NASCAR Foundation located at nascarfoundation.org/chaseelliott.
Several corporate partners are matching the highest winning bid of Elliott’s shoes in the online auction, including NAPA AUTO PARTS, Mountain Dew, Hooters, SunEnergy1, Kelley Blue Book, Valvoline, Hendrick Motorsports, SunTrust, AfterShokz, and LSGF Management.
The program raised and donated over $70,000 from the auction and corporate partner support in its first two years.
For more information, visit ChaseElliott.com/foundation.
ABOUT CHASE ELLIOTT FOUNDATION
The Chase Elliott Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and financial assistance to well-qualified charitable organizations with an emphasis on helping others live healthier, happier lives. Chase Elliott is the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series. Elliott was named NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver in 2018. Visit www.chaseelliott.com/foundation for more information.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.