The kids at St. Joseph Children’s Home in Louisville, Kentucky, have been working hard all school-year for the opportunity to attend the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda Open Wheel World Challenge event with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.
For the last three seasons, Abel Motorsports has partnered with St. Joseph, inviting select kids from the home on a day trip to experience racing first hand.
“Our mission with the St. Joseph invitation is to transport these kids to a better place by letting them be a part of our racing family for the day. We want all of them to have a positive experience and leave with smiles on their faces,” said Abel Motorsports team principal Bill Abel. “As a 79-year-old, third-generation, family business, we know the value of being part of a family. The kids at St Joe’s are all from very diverse backgrounds, and each one is lacking the family support that we so value. Our family and company have been blessed, so we are always looking for ways to give back to our community; especially, to those in need.”
This year, a group of ten children ranging from six to 14-years-old, who maintained good grades, attendance and behavior all school year will join Abel Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a day of racing, autographs and most importantly, fun.
“We are so fortunate to have a place like St. Joe’s in Louisville,” said F4 U.S. Abel Motorsports rookie Jacob Abel. “This is my first year to be able to escort them around the track. It is a happy event intended for the kids to just be kids. We want to have fun, which helps them, but it honestly helps me too.”
For nearly 170 years, St. Joseph Children’s Home has opened its doors to children, providing a safe and loving home to kids removed from their households due to neglect, abuse, domestic violence or substance abuse. St. Joseph has served more than 75,000 children since its start.
For more information on St. Joseph Children’s Home, visit SJKids.org.