Being a professional Drag Racer is more than a full-time job, it is also a way of life for many who compete on the circuit.
NHRA Pro Stock competitor, Mike Edwards takes his drag racing career one step further and helps to provide a little better quality of life for those less fortunate and he does it before each and every NHRA National event.
Mike Edwards takes helps to provide a little better quality of life for those less fortunate and he does it before each and every NHRA National event
The Capernaum Group Children visit with their long-time friend Mike Edwards
Through several different programs, Edwards and his team take time to personally visit not only with local urban youth through the team's "Club Night", where the children get a firsthand look at Edward's Penhall/K&N Pontiac GXP along with taking photos, winning prizes and more, but also on occasion with those who are wheelchair bound.
Such was the instance during the NHRA Four-Wide event at Zmax Dragway, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, when Edwards welcomed The Capernaum Group (a division of Young Life) to the track on both the Thursday and Saturday of the race.
While the Young Life program offer activities to all children, The Capernaum Group gives young people with mental and physical disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, while developing fulfilling friendships and to challenging their limits through building self-esteem during club, camp and other exciting activities.
"These special young people and their leader Skeeter Powell, have been friends of Mike's and the team for many years," noted Kim Elliott of Mike Edwards Motorsports. "They look forward to coming to the races, and even more Mike and the team look forward to having them visit. Mike and each member of the team make them feel very special while they are there and try to be a blessing to each one. It always seems though that they are more of a blessing to us and definitely (offer) encouragement. As many of them face physical difficulties, their spirits are always high and they are always wearing a smile."
"They are a really special group of young people," said Edwards of his visits with The Capernaum Group. "You know they are not so much into the car stuff. I think the biggest thing they enjoy is having the one-on-one relationships and spending time with them."
"It's unfortunate that they have the disabilities that they do, but they are such great kids," he pauses. "They are just special young men and woman and they truly have a special place in my heart. That's for sure."
"I really enjoy spending time with all of them," he added. "You think you've had a bad day sometimes, and you just need to stop and look around at some of these young people stuck in that chair for the rest of their lives and then it makes your problems look kinda of small."
For more information on all of the outstanding opportunities that are offered through the Young Life Program, visit www.MikeEdwardsMotorsports.com or stop by the team's pit area at any NHRA National event.
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