SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION JOINS FORCES WITH VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) is proud to announce its partnership with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated nonprofit organization that provides support and assistance to the families of fallen and wounded military special operations personnel.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), provides post-secondary scholarship grants, educational counseling and professional tutoring services to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations service members who lose their lives in the line of duty. The top-rated nonprofit organization will be featured on the No. 41 Volkswagen Beetle GRC driven by 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross series champion, Scott Speed, for two race weekends, The Base, July 2-3, and Washington, DC, on July 30.
“It’s truly an honor to welcome the Special Operations Warrior Foundation into our racing family this season,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “The Foundation provides so much to so many – we are incredibly grateful to have them as part of the program. We hope that this is a relationship that we can continue to build on and support.”
Since 1980, over 900 Special Operations service members have lost their lives in service to our country. SOWF is dedicated to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to over 1,100 children who have survived these heroes. Special Operations Warrior Foundation has 143 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. Last year, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provided $7.8 million in scholarship grants, academic, financial aid and family support services to the families of fallen special operations service members.
“We are so thankful to the Andretti family and the Andretti Rallycross team for this heartwarming support to the surviving children and military families we serve,” said Steven McLeary, SOWF Executive Director. “It is our honor to partner with the Andretti team and we appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the families who have suffered a great loss.”
The VARX team kicked off their 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship season with a podium sweep during Rounds 1 and 2 in Phoenix, a third-place finish in Dallas during Round 3 of the championship and most recently, Tanner Foust and Scott Speed walked away with a 1-2 finish at Daytona International Speedway. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for another doubleheader at MCAS New River on July 2 and 3. Each race will air LIVE on NBC—Saturday, July 2 at 5 p.m. (ET) for Round 6, and Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m. (ET) for Round 7.
About Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a top-rated nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school as well as education and family counseling to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations service members, who lose their lives in the line of duty. Additionally, the foundation provides immediate financial assistance to Special Operations severely wounded service members. To learn more, visit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation website: www.specialops.org.