Speedway Children’s Charities Charlotte Chapter has awarded the Stanly County Family YMCA a grant of $4,000 in support of the Open Doors Scholarship Program, a program designed to provide YMCA opportunities to individuals and families regardless of the ability to pay.

Specifically, the grant money is designated to provide afterschool scholarships to deserving youth who would otherwise not be able to afford the program fees.  “The YMCA works very closely with school counselors and agency representatives to find deserving families in need of afterschool care for their children,” said Kelley Bigger, Family Services Director.  “Each year the YMCA provides over $50,000 in afterschool and summer care scholarships to youth across the county.  The Speedway Charities helps us with this ministry.”

The mission of the Speedway Children’s Charities is “to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.”  On Monday, November 30th, the charity distributed a total of $854,000 in grant money to 96 local charities at the annual Speedway Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

"Children are a gift and it's a blessing that we're able to assist so many each year," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Everyone at Speedway Children's Charities strives to make a difference in the lives of as many children as possible, and this year we're helping kids though programs at more than 90 organizations in the Lowe's Motor Speedway community. It's just amazing to see how many children we're able to assist."

The Stanly County Family YMCA mission is “To Put Christian Principles into Practice through Programs that Build a Healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body for All.”  With the support of the Speedway Children’s Charities, JCPenney Afterschool Fund, the United Way of Stanly County, and the YMCA Strong Communities Fund, the YMCA will provide afterschool and summer care scholarships to over 75 deserving youth in 2009.

For additional information regarding the Open Doors Scholarship Program for Afterschool and Summer Care, please contact Kelley Bigger at 704-982-1916.