Boys and Girls Club

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Some lucky children in the Wiregrass got the chance of a lifetime Saturday. The Hawk-Houston Boys and Girls Club was invited to come to the Dothan drag strip to watch the races and visit with race car drivers.

Rubber is burning at the first ever burn-out for boys and girls. The event is designed to introduce racing to children of the Hawk Houston Boys and Girls Club.

Hawk-Houston Boys and Girls Club sports fitness director James Ford said, "This is important to bring in kids who probably wouldn't get to come to an event like this."

Minds Eye Media sponsored the event and hopes it gives these children new aspirations in life.

Event coordinator Tony Weber said, "I want them to see they have a dream they shouldn't be any boundaries we have teachers and all kinds of people who race so you can do anything."

The children were overjoyed to have the opportunity to cheer on the drivers and appreciated the chance to participate.

Six-year-old Jamillah Kinsey said, "I feel happy because we never came to the track and this is my first time and its like going to six flags."

Eleven-year-old Gregory Lawson said, "Kids like us don't usually get to see things like this."

Organizers of the event hope each child walks away from the racing experience feeling important and cared for.

The Boys and Girls Club is always looking for volunteers to help mentor children. If you would like more information on how to get involved you can contact them at 792-4618.


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