Listen to PRN's salute to Major General Tom Sadler the longtime executive director of the Speedway Children's Charity and genuine American hero.
The Final Inspection
Written by Sgt. Joshua Helterbran of the 224th Engineer Battalion, this was one of General Sadler's favorite poems
The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.'
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
"The tournament was great! The idea behind Speedway Childrens Charities and hosting a Cornhole tournament with 100% proceeds going to the charity is simply amazing.
I was fortunate enough to participate in 2 events this year with my wife. We participated in Bristol and Charlotte. The Cornhole Tournament is for a great cause and the winners are highly rewarded. Speaking with a few of the players that participated. They all stated that they "only attended the tournament for the charity and that it was for a great cause."
“The staff of the tournament was amazing as well! Very friendly and made it a point to speak with each and every contestant. I hope that this event can only continue and get even stronger then it already is. I look forward to participating again."
-Sgt. Rick Bush
US Air Force
It is grant time! Most of our chapters are in the middle of reviewing grants. We have received thousands of grants this year for amazing non-profits that are changing the lives of children.
Each grant application is thoroughly reviewed by the board it is submitted to. Once each grant is reviewed it is then taken before the board for discussion. Unfortunately due to the large number of grant applications we receive we are unable to fund all applicants. Last year we are excited to say we were able to give out over $2.5 million dollars to children in need. We are aiming this year to give out even more. We are very aware that non-profits need more help in the struggling economy. We want to do as much as possible to help children. Please check out your local chapter for more information about their grant process.
We are so proud of you General congratulations on an award so well deserved.
Motorsports industry veteran Tish Sheets has been named national managing director of Speedway Children’s Charities.
As national managing director, Sheets will work closely with a multitude of diverse partners to advance Speedway Children’s Charities’ efforts to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need. Sheets will lead the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts and will also raise awareness of Speedway Children’s Charities and its seven chapters in the national motorsports community.
“As the needs of children across the country grow, our goal with Speedway Children’s Charities is to continue to grow as well,” said Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and founder of Speedway Children’s Charities.
“Tish Sheets will be the perfect addition to lead our growth initiatives in fundraising and from a national marketing perspective. She’s got the management experience and drive to take us to new levels, while maintaining our goals of helping children in local communities,” Smith added.
“We need more exposure and more donations in order to help more children, and that’s where Tish’s leadership will benefit us greatly.”
While Sheets will be a visible part of Speedway Children’s Charities at Speedway Motorsports Inc. facilities nationwide, her home office will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She will begin her new duties March 3. Sheets will work closely with Major General Tom Sadler, retired U.S. Air Force, who has led Speedway Children’s Charities nationally since 1990 and continues to serve as executive director and on the organization’s Board of Officers.
Previous to joining Speedway Children’s Charities, Sheets served as director of diversity and special projects for NASCAR for nearly a decade. In that role she developed and managed NASCAR’s diversity initiative to become a nationally recognized and award-winning effort. Sheets created NASCAR’s National Jobs program in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, a resolution that was unanimously passed by Congress.
Sheets also developed NASCAR’s Executive Steering Committee for Diversity, which worked to promote diversity at all levels of the sport. The Committee included top-level executives from Fortune 500 companies that represent all aspects of corporate America including Earvin “Magic” Johnson and representatives from The Coca-Cola Co., Turner Broadcasting, Eastman Kodak Co., Sprint Nextel Corp. and the private sector.
Sheets most recently served as director of business affairs at IMG Worldwide.
"I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization like Speedway Children’s Charities, whose work has changed the lives of children for the better for decades,” said Sheets. “It will be a privilege to work with General Sadler and better understand the history of Speedway Children’s Charities so we may further develop and grow the organization for a prosperous future.”
Less dirt is flying now as bricks are added to the Town Center Building and the future home of Discovery Place KIDS! Those of us who drive by the site daily are truly amazed. It is exciting to see this beautiful structure take shape.
The work on the parking deck continues and soon we will see it emerge as the concrete sections are set into place. Using this link you will be able to view the latest aerial pictures showing what is currently taking place on the site: http://aerocam.zenfolio.com/p719717494. Shown above is an aerial picture taken the last week of December.
While the Town staff and Roger's Builders employees are hard at work so is the Discovery Place KIDS team. We moved the fire truck and speedboat onto the slab before the outside walls were finished and that created a great deal of excitement. Murphy Catton, Inc. has been selected as the exhibit construction firm for Discovery Place KIDS--Huntersville. Murphy Catton has been building innovative, timeless exhibits for 25 years. Recent children's museum clients include: Indianapolis Children's Museum, Strong National Children's Museum of Play, Rochester, NY; Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta, GA; The Children's Museum of Wilmington, NC; Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview, IL and Pretend City Children's Museum of Irvine, CA.
What an incredible opportunity we have to engage our community with this project and we are happy to have so many wonderful partners. We are especially grateful for our Founding Donors and thank you for taking a moment to celebrate our continued progress.
Jennifer R. Nichols
Director of Development
Discovery Place KIDS Projects
Yesterday the National office celebrated the Holiday of Smiles at the Church of God Children's Home.
We had local track champions there to share in the special occasion along with Autotrader.com representatives. Our featured guest of the night was Kyle Busch.
Together we handed out gifts to all of the children and then had time to make cookies and have pictures made with our drivers. We all enjoyed ourselves while having a nicely prepared dinner with the kids.
A special thank you to all of our sponsors for making the Holiday of Smiles possible. Without the generosity of Autotrader.com, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Kyle Busch, GameStop, PPG, Sam Bass, Office Depot Foundation, Old Spice, Tony Stewart, Otis Spunkmeyer, Lowe's Home Improvement, and Speedway Motorsports the evening would not have been possible.
To me, this is what the holidays are all about. Putting smiles on kid's faces and making them part of our extended Speedway Children's Charities family.
National Director of New Business Development and Marketing
Speedway Children's Charities
The winner of the 2009 "Racing For Kids" drawing will receive a 2009 Custom Harley-Davidson Street Glide supplied by TCX Customs of Matthews, NC, featuring original artwork by NASCAR artist Sam Bass.
Jeff Clark of TCX Customs and Bass have once again created a unique take on an American tradition. Fans will have the opportunity to view the bike and purchase tickets for $5 each, or five tickets for $20 at the trailer located in souvenir row at each event. Tickets may also be obtained by sending your donation and a SASE to Speedway Children's Charities RFK Drawing, 5245 Z-Max Blvd., Harrisburg, NC 28075. The drawing will be held Nov. 8, 2009 live on SPEED's "RaceDay" before the start of the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Only 5 chances left to get your name in the hat and support local children's organizations in enriching the lives of kids in crisis - come see us at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Prelude to a Dream at Eldora Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
On Thursday, July 23 I was fortunate to attend an event in Chicago where the Office Depot Foundation and NASCAR star Tony Stewart joined forces to donate 5,000 backpacks to non-profit organizations and schools in the Indianapolis area.
Speedway Children's Charities is proud to be a part of the backpack program with Office Depot and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet several of the other recipients for the program. We will be giving out the backpacks to deserving children in the community. We would like to thank Tony Stewart and Office Depot for their dedication to children across the country in providing the necessary supplies for a better education.
Thanks again to all involved.
National Director of New Business Development and Marketing
Speedway Children's Charities
After watching race after race for several years, Cole had the opportunity to see his first real race at the Coca Cola 600 in May of this year. For our "special" son Cole , it was an unbelievable dream come true.
The excitement he felt from the first moment we drove up and saw the stadium to his last goodbyes, was an extraordinary excitement. Cole communicates to us through a variety of modes including some sign language, verbal sounds, gestures and expressions, and with the aide of a powerful communication device, known to us as his "talker". That weekend, he used all methods to communicate to us his extreme joy for being able to see first hand, the love of his life, NASCAR racing.
Upon returning to school the next day, his teachers told us that he could not wait to use his "talker" to tell of all the things he saw at the race--- pit row, the checkered flag, the drivers (by their names), and how he heard his favorite words ever -- "gentlemen, start your engines". It is an excitement that we have continued to talk about weeks after the event, and will likely for months to come!
Our sincere thanks to all those who helped coordinate such a wonderful weekend for our family, truly our son's dream come true.
Mark, Sharon, Maddy and Cole