Friday, June 29, 2007

Driver Puts Poor Children in Victory Lane

NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya gets the checkered flag for winning his first Nextel Cup race and giving impoverished children hope through Children International. The NASCAR road race in Sonoma, California, last Sunday was the first win for Montoya in 17 Nextel Cup starts.

The Colombian-born stock car champion donated $6,300 in 2006 to provide medical attention and therapy for children suffering from orthopedic health conditions. Montoya also funds a soccer school that provides 34 sponsored teens with training to help them improve their athletic skills.

“We have worked with Children International through our foundation in Colombia, and I have to say I am really grateful with all their help and support because thanks to them we have been able to create a foundation. I think it’s an amazing organization that has done so much for my country, and I am very grateful for that,” Montoya said in a 2006 interview.

Jim Cook, president and CEO of Children International, says, “Juan has always been a champion in our eyes. He has allowed us to give so many children in Colombia hope for the future. ”

Congratulations on your victory JP!

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