Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Host Annual Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 15

October 22nd, 2014

HRR HMS (2)HOMESTEAD, Fla. –– The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will host the Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15 at 8:30 a.m. The event will pair NASCAR Drivers with foundation supporters and racing fans for a day of exciting fishing during Ford Championship Weekend in Homestead, Fla. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

The event offers sponsors the opportunity to entertain clients, reward employees, network with corporate executives and promote their products and services at NASCAR’s Championship race weekend. Included in the fishing experience with a NASCAR Driver is a full hospitality package, race tickets and a public relations and advertising plan for all participating sponsors. To purchase a boat or sponsor the event please call (954) 792-7223 x. 113.

Approximately 20 fishing boats, professional fishing guide volunteers and a large-mouth/peacock bass-stocked lake inside the Homestead-Miami Speedway await participants who will fish with the likes of NASCAR personalities Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Darrell Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Joey Coulter, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Richard Childress, Martin Truex, Scott Wimmer and many more!  All tournament proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

“The tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fish with a NASCAR Driver,” says Darrell Gwynn, president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. “This is the perfect chance for companies looking to entertain clients or reward employees during Ford Championship Weekend. It’s always a lot of fun and we get great support from the NASCAR Drivers that attend and make it such a great event.”

The tournament will take place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway infield lake located near the drivers/owners lot. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Those who are interested in participating in the fishing tournament or sponsoring the event should visit www.hotrodsandreels.com or call 954-792-7223 x.113 for more information.

At the event, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, will donate a custom power wheelchair to an individual in need. The wheelchair donation will be made through the foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program which provides custom wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships. Fans can “Give the Gift of Mobility” and support the foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program by visiting www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

In addition to raising spinal cord injury awareness and purchasing custom power wheelchairs for children and young adults, a portion of the money is donated to the “Speediatrics” unit at Homestead Hospital.  This special unit, which is brightly decked out in a racing theme, helps children and families feel more comfortable amid what can be stressful circumstances.

Gwynn, a champion racer whose career ended when he sustained a spinal cord injury in a racing accident in 1990, has dedicated his life to supporting people with paralysis and research for a cure and preventing spinal cord injuries through awareness and education. He and his wife Lisa founded the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in 2002.

The tournament is the culmination of Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, a Darrell Gwynn Foundation initiative. Events throughout the week of Nov. 10-16 help educate people about common causes of spinal cord injuries and how they can be prevented and donates custom power wheelchairs to several individuals facing medical and financial hardships. The foundation also distributes grants that week through its Patient Assistance Fund to help patients recover and find a cure for paralysis.

Sponsors who made the event possible include: Bass Pro Shops-Outdoor World, Sprint, Bass Online, Homestead Hospital and NASCAR Foundation.

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