For the sixth straight year, Comcast is awarding three people in the NASCAR industry due to their philanthropic efforts over the course of the year to be in contention for the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award.
The 2020 finalists consist of Bubba Wallace, Clay Campbell (president of Martinsville Speedway) and Matt Kaulig (owner of Kaulig Racing).
“From the beginning of our partnership with NASCAR, we wanted to find a way to tell these amazing stories and in the sixth year of this prestigious program, we were overwhelmed with an array of inspirational individuals that make us proud to a leader in the sport,” Matt Lederer, vp of brand partnerships and activation at Comcast, said in a release. “We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their incredible efforts, especially in a challenging season like 2020.
“This year, more than ever, it’s important to shine a spotlight on how these remarkable individuals within the sport of NASCAR are using their platforms to make a positive impact on so many lives around them. Our 2020 finalists embody the spirit of one of Comcast’s core values, community impact, by working tirelessly to make a long term, lasting change in the community.”
Wallace’s To Live to Be Different Foundation was created to to lift up individuals seeking a means to fulfill their potential, no matter race, gender, disabilities or socio-economic situation. The foundation also supports disadvantaged individuals and those in need of a second chance with educational, social or other types of assistance needed to help make their dreams reality.
Campbell works with the Martinsville, Va., community through the Campbell Family Foundation, in which focuses on many aspects, particularly local youth. He’s helped provide free physical, dental and eye exams to those in need as well as equipment and scholarships at local high schools and colleges. Campbell was also a key part in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program that mails free books to children from birth until they begin school and supports the Grace Network through a Christmas toy drive that has impacted over 10,000 area children with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Kaulig has stayed true to his native Akron, Ohio, ties. Beginning in 2018, the team owner founded the Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs, focused on the well-being of children and families through direct giving and community involvement. The charity helps provide Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and Breakthrough schools to address the digital divide in Cleveland and provide necessary equipment such as Internet access, computers and tablets to low-income families as they navigate working from home and virtual school learning.
This year’s award will be seletced a panel that consists of Comcast and NASCAR executives as well as Mike Tatoian, president of Dover International Speedway, as he won the 2019 award for his work through USO Delaware.
Comcast will award the winner’s affiliated charity $60,000, with $30,000 apiece going to the other two finalists. The 2020 Comcast Community Champion will be announced during NASCAR championship weekend in early November at Phoenix Raceway.
About the author
Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.
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