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Homestead-Miami Speedway teamed up with Santa Claus in providing area children with a sack full of presents and holiday cheer on Thursday during visits to Campbell Drive Elementary School and Homestead Hospital’s “Speediatrics” unit.
Led by a Speedway Santa and track president Curtis Gray, HMS front-office staffers delivered gifts to more than 1700 students at Campbell Drive Elementary on Thursday morning, followed by visits to Homestead Hospital’s “Speediatrics” unit, Pediatrics unit and Children’s Learning Center. The children were elated to have Santa and his HMS elves personally visit their hospital rooms with gifts and cheer to celebrate the holidays.
“For myself and the team at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it’s a real thrill to spend a day providing holiday gifts and joy to South Florida youth,” said track president Curtis Gray. “Sometimes the phrase ‘giving back to the community,’ doesn’t tell the complete story, because the joy we get in seeing smiles spread across these young faces at both Campbell Elementary and Homestead Hospital gives us all an incredible boost, as well.”
To date, Homestead-Miami Speedway has raised nearly $1 million for Speediatrics, the Betty Jane France Pediatrics Center at Homestead Hospital. The ER unit is decorated in a motorsports theme that includes race cars, checkered flags, and cartoon characters named “Curves,” “Traxx,” “Six-Speed,” and “Clutch.” Officially opened on Nov. 17, 2007, in conjunction with Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami, Speediatrics is designed to make children feel less anxious and more comfortable during a hospital stay.
Earlier this year, the Speedway also provided Campbell Drive Elementary a racing facelift for the 2007-08 school year, with racing-themed artwork in the hallways and cafeteria promoting the school’s “Racing Our Way Towards an ‘A’” program, featuring the “Never Absent at School Class Attendance Race” (“N.A.S.C.A.R.”).
“It’s great to see that the Speedway is so involved,” said Chris Himmel, aide to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. “The track always has a presence at so many events that take place here in South-Dade, and it’s wonderful to be here at Campbell Drive Elementary and see how the Speedway gives back to the community.”
Homestead-Miami Speedway plays host to the SpeedJam Indy 300 on March 29, as the IndyCar Series kicks off its 2008 season in South Florida. SpeedJam also features the Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami, IndyPro Series Miami 100, and a full-day festival of car shows, Memphis BBQ, kids activities and live music. Purchase tickets prior to Christmas Eve for the exclusive opportunity to drive your own vehicle on the track’s 1.5 mile, variable-banked oval March 30, 2008.For tickets, visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE