VETMotorsports-Affiliated Program Sponsored by Upper Arlington Rotary Club.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio, August 6, 2015 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, eight combat-wounded United States veterans from central Ohio will be participating in the Ohio Valley Region (OVR) Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross event on Saturday, August 8 at the Ackerman Road parking lot on the Ohio State University campus.
The VETMotorsports program was created to provide inspiration and motivation to combat-wounded, post-9/11 warfighters by making them part of a new team and giving them a new mission. VETMotorsports recruits participants, embeds them with professional racing teams or puts them behind the wheel, and covers all expenses for them a caregiver to take part in the experience.
Taking part in the OVR SCCA event as drivers will be Columbus-area warfighters Jeremy C., Tom D., Joshua H., Rick O. and Chad W. All were injured serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. Injured warfighters will be racing against the clock rather than other cars, and competing not only against themselves for their best time but ‘civilian’ drivers as well.
“We’re looking forward to our partnership with the VETMotorsports team and the value they’re bringing to the lives of wounded service men and women,” said OVR SCCA Solo Director Mike Eckert.
The event is being sponsored the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, the Upper Arlington chapter of the 1.2 million-member international service organization that works to create positive, lasting change in communities around the world. Yabo’s Tacos, a popular Upper Arlington eatery, is also supporting the event.
"Upper Arlington Rotary Club is pleased to partner with VETMotorsports, and work with our local injured veterans through such an exciting event,” said Rotary Club Committee Chair Megan Horvath.
“We truly appreciate the tremendous support and effort the UA Rotary and the SCCA has put behind this event,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “It wouldn’t have happened without their initiative. We will have just returned from working with injured warfighters in South Dakota, and we can’t wait for this Saturday and for the impact this event will have on these amazing central Ohio veterans going forward.”
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that embeds qualifying warfighters with existing race teams to provide them with unique motorsports experiences. By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. To date VETMotorsports has helped more than 80 injured warfighters participate in 45 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. To learn more about VETMotorsports, participate in the program, or make a donation, visit www.VETMotorsports.org.