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RODS & REELS™”
CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT TO FEATURE NASCAR DRIVERS & FANS
COMPETING FOR A MILLION DOLLARS
Proceeds of Championship Weekend Event at Homestead-Miami
Speedway to Benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Fla. – (Nov. 6, 2008) –
Fishing for a cause – “Hot Rods & Reels™,” which
benefits the Darrell Gwynn Foundation – returns to the
infield lake at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15.
annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming “Hot Rods & Reels™” NASCAR
drivers’ charity fishing tournament will be staged on the
Speedway’s 18-acre infield lake stocked with peacock and
largemouth bass. A hugely successful event since it first
launched at Homestead-Miami Speedway seven years ago, “Hot
Rods & Reels™” provides a unique combination of fun and
excitement – fishing for trophy bass alongside NASCAR Sprint
Cup drivers and other racing celebrities as well as a chance
to win “The Miccosukee Million”.
angler who catches the largest bass will select one of 250
envelopes, one of which contains $1 million from Miccosukee
Resort & Gaming.
& Reels™” attracts some of the biggest names in NASCAR,
including drivers, owners and TV personalities. Among the
NASCAR drivers and celebrities scheduled to participate in
this year’s tournament are Martin Truex, Ryan Newman, team
owner Richard Childress, Tony Stewart, Darrell Waltrip and
“We are thrilled to be back at
Homestead-Miami Speedway for our seventh ‘Hot Rods & Reels™’
fishing tournament. What an exciting way to cap off the
2008 NASCAR season,” said Darrell Gwynn, president of the
Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) and event founder.
tournament is a fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation,
which uses proceeds to purchase custom wheelchairs for
children and young adults suffering from spinal cord
injuries or debilitating diseases. A portion of the
proceeds also is donated to the “Speediatrics” unit at
Homestead Hospital. The special unit, which is brightly
decked out in a racing theme, helps children and
families feel more comfortable amid beeping medical
equipment and the constant parade of doctors and nurses.
tournament is a terrific opportunity for fans and sponsors to
fish with a NASCAR pro and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime,”
Gwynn notes. “My deepest thanks to the Miccosukee Resorts &
Gaming, Homestead-Miami Speedway, our sponsors and all the
celebrity participants who make this such a special event.”
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming “Hot Rods & Reels™” tournament is the
culmination of Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, a
Darrell Gwynn Foundation initiative. Events throughout The Week
(Nov. 10-16) help educate Floridians about common ways
spinal cord injuries occur and how they might be prevented.
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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a non-profit 501
(c) (3) organization dedicated to preventing paralysis,
providing support for individual’s living with paralysis and
ultimately finding a cure for paralysis. To expedite specific
cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted
Florida Spinal Cord Injury
Awareness Week is being observed November 10-16, 2008. Spurred
by the Foundation, the Florida Legislature began recognizing
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in 2006 and re-adopted The
Week in 2007 and 2008. Florida is the first, and only, state to
officially observe Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. The
Foundation places public service announcements on radio, sends
paraplegic and quadriplegic speakers into high schools, donates
wheelchairs to children and young adults, and takes other
actions to reduce spinal cord injuries during The Week in
addition to its year-round activities and programs.
Betty Jane France Pediatric Center “Speediatrics®” at
Homestead Hospital and Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach
is a pediatrics unit designed with a motorsports theme thanks to
the vision of Betty Jane France, NASCAR Foundation chairwoman
and founder of Speediatrics. Speediatrics’ cheerful atmosphere
can make a difference in the spirit and recovery of sick
children as documented at the Halifax Medical Center, which
launched the first unit in 1999 with the backing of Daytona
International Speedway and NASCAR.
Joining Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in
sponsoring this event are Bass Pro Shops, Sprint, Hook & Tackle,
Bass Online, Plano and Triumph Headwear. For more information
on registration or sponsorship, visit
or call 954-792-7223 ext. 112.