On December 29, 2006 Dick Wolverton, Director of the Florida Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities presented the Special Operations Warrior Foundation with a check for $20,000. The Foundation, based in Tampa, Florida has been receiving funds from Speedway Children's Charities for the last 5 years. General Sadler, Executive Director of SCC and a retired Air Force General has a special place in his heart for this particular charity, "It is our duty to take care of these children who did nothing but wake up one morning, kiss their parent good-bye… and never to see them again," Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides full college education grants, not loans, to the surviving children of every special operations personnel killed in a training accident or operational mission. The Foundation has seen 102 of its students graduate college, and currently has 125 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country, and another 400 children who have been pledged a college education. "We are very fortunate to have the support from the wonderful people at Speedway Children's Charities. Your generosity to the Warrior Foundation and the many other charities helps thousands of children and we thank you so much," said Steven L. McLeary, Executive Director of SOWF. Speedway Children's Charities was founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Sonic Automotive, who wanted to give back to the community. Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to charities that meet the direct need of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-need children, SCC best affects children's lives by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that children's needs are met and that no child is left behind regardless of illness, social environment or disability. Last December, SCC distributed more than $2. 8 million to 470 charities nationally.