5/29/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio
VETMotorsports heads into this weekend with a full docket of regional events. After a break from the first round of AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona International Speedway, the non-clinical outreach program returns to the paddock for round two at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The American Legion post in Bradner, OH will be having a Poker Run this Saturday with part of the proceeds going to VETMotorsports. Finally, the non-profit will also be placing veterans behind the wheel on Sunday in Obetz, OH with the Ohio Valley Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
VETMotorsports kicks off the weekend on Friday by embedded post 9-11 wounded combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Teams and one SuperSport entry. The veterans served in the Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps and hail from Albany, Neosho and Johnson Creek, WI. The veterans and their guests will be embedded with the Harley-Davidson teams of James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chilipepper Racing. Mullins Cycle Works SuperSport entry will also have an injured combat veteran assisting in the paddock.
On Saturday members of the VETMotorsports board will participate in the Bradner Legion Riders 2nd Annual Poker Run Fundraiser. The event begins at 9:30 am with a bike blessing and concludes at 4:30 pm. VETMotorsports' is funded by donations and portions of the funds raised during the ride will to towards their non-clinical outreach programing . On Sunday injured combat veterans get behind the wheel for autocross racing in Obetz, Ohio. This will be VETMotorsports' third and final central-Ohio event, have placed veterans into their non-clinical outreach at the The Ohio State University Campus the previous two weekends.
“One of our board members noted that this weekend is one of our busiest to date. And they were right! But this would not be happening without the support of our all-volunteer board, the racers, our supporters, the SCCA, American Legion, AMA Pro Racing.... the list is pretty big. You can't do all this without a teamwork. VETMotorsports will take the opportunities to engage the injured veteran community and provide a needed outreach programming. The daily suicide rate for returning veterans is still at 22 veterans a day. There's quite a bit of work to be done,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.
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