Since World War II, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been dedicated to providing injured service men and women with the tools necessary to create prosperous futures, and gain freedom and independence. In addition to serving veterans with paralyzing injuries, PVA is also dedicated to medical research and fighting for civil rights for people with disabilities.
In 2013, EFFORT Racing founded Champions Race for Charity, a campaign dedicated to using racing as a platform to support local charitable endeavors. That same year, PVA was selected as the benefactor for fund raising efforts at the Houston Grand Prix, and the relationship between the team and charity continued to grow. The EFFORT Ranch is also made available to Paralyzed Veterans of America as a place to rejuvenate and enjoy the outdoors.
"PVA has always been such an important cause to the EFFORT family," said Team Owner Chuck Toups. "You can't measure the amount of sacrifice they went through to fight for our freedom and the changes their lives have taken since their return. Integrating Paralyzed Veterans of America into our race events and hosting their members and staff at our cottage are just two small ways we can thank them for their service and contribute to the cause."
Two groups of 8-12 veterans will visit the season opening race event, one group on each race day, to get a unique behind-the-scenes experience of the Pirelli World Challenge. When the Pirelli World Challenge driver autograph sessions concludes Sunday at 1:00pm, the series will kick off a live, 20 minute auction at the EFFORT Racing Fan Zone, located in the main paddock. One of a kind items will be on display all day before going up for auction in the afternoon and include signed driver gear, team merchandise and race series collectibles. All proceeds for the auction will go to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America. Race fans are highly encouraged to be on the lookout for these heroes and to also participate in the silent auction.
To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America, please visit www.pva.org.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes-to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence. Today, the work continues to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives.
About EFFORT Racing
Pirelli World Challenge team EFFORT Racing was founded in 2012 with a simple goal: to be Champions, both on and off the racetrack. In doing so, EFFORT seeks not only to win races, but to spread an uplifting and encouraging message of hope. The team strives to infuse God's integrity and standards into the passionate and exciting world of racing. At EFFORT Racing, every member of our team comes to win. From our drivers, to our crew, to the folks behind the scenes, the EFFORT Racing family knows that every member of our team is crucial to a winning racing organization.