WILMINGTON, Ohio, July 15, 2016 – Through VETMotorsports, an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports, four combat-wounded United States veterans from Central and Southwest Ohio will be participating in the Western Ohio Region Sports Car Club/Miami Valley Sports Car Club Challenge (WOR/MVSCC) autocross event on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio.
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 WOR/MVSCC Challenge as drivers are TSgt Jeremy C. (USAF), SGT Zach C. (US Army), LCpl John K. (USMC) and SSGT Yaunce L. (USMC). The veterans will be traveling from Columbus (OH), Washington Courthouse and Florence, KY. 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 working with the VETMotorsports team and truly appreciate the value they’re bringing to the lives of wounded service men and women,” said event representatives Greg Schnittger & Chris Varvel.
“We’re grateful for the tremendous support and effort the Western Ohio Region Sports Car Club and Miami Valley Sports Car Clubs has put into this event and for their welcoming us, our participating veterans and their caregivers,” said VETMotorsports Founder Peter Cline. “It wouldn’t have happened without their initiative. We can’t wait for this weekend and for the impact this event will have on these amazing veterans going forward.”
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)3 that embeds post 9/11 veterans with service connected injuries into professional motorsport racing teams. The organization has positively affected over 130 injured warfighters nationwide in over 60 unique events. VETMotorsports spends less than 10% of the funds they receive from charitable donations on administrative costs and overhead. The board is composed entirely of volunteer staff, volunteer professional assistance, and commitment to focus on combat stress recovery efforts. Those interested in donating, participating and volunteering should visit www.vetmotorsports.org
Space is still available for veterans meeting the participation criteria. Please contact the Executive Director Peter Cline for more details.