Pro race car drivers support Christian youth camps

By June 13, 2005

USA (MNN) — The roar of the engine, the screeching of the tires and even the crashes, that’s the excitement of professional drag racing in the United States. But, professional race car drivers are making it exciting for Young Life, a ministry that’s reaching out to young people with the Gospel.

Mike Edwards Motorsports has committed to helping young people get to summer camp. Fellow Pro Stock drivers Jim Yates, Ron Krisher and V. Gaines have committed to the program as well. For every round of competition that they win during the remainder of the 2005 NHRA POWERADE schedule, they will donate the amount needed to send a kid to a Young Life camp.

Edwards says, “We are very excited that a few of my racing colleagues have stepped up to support such a great program. With the additional assistance of these drivers and team owners, I know that many more kids will get the chance to experience the best week of their lives at one of the awesome Young Life camping facilities around the country.”

Edwards and his team are challenging any corporation or race team to match his team’s donation or develop a similar program. Camp fees range from $394 for the seven-day camp to $281 for a five day camp.

Young Life has programs in all 50 states in the U-S and more than 45 countries including Australia and New Zealand. Each year more than 1-million teens from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds are impacted by Christ through a Young Life program.

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