Austin Hatcher Foundation Partnership with Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Resumes in Columbus, Ohio at Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals

  • ‘Autocross for Kids’ Fundraiser Scheduled for Friday and Sunday
  • Event to be Held at Ohio Expo Center


CHATTANOOGA, TENN.  (July 5, 2017) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will resume its successful partnership with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association this weekend (July 7-9) at the Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals Goodguys in Columbus, Ohio, with the “AutoCross for Kids” fundraising initiative.


This is the third year the Austin Hatcher Foundation has partnered with Pleasanton, California-based Goodguys, the world’s largest hot rodding association. This weekend showcases one of six Goodguys events involving the foundation this year – and one of the biggest. The site, the 20,000-seat Ohio Expo Center, is located on a 360-acre site and has one million square feet of event space.


Goodguys events attract an array of custom hot rods, cars and trucks. Complementing the automotive displays are vendor exhibits and live entertainment – plus the adrenaline-charged “Goodguys AutoCross” that features registered participants putting their Street Rod, Truck or Street Machine through the paces to test their driving skills and see how their vehicle handles in a performance situation.


An important complement at the events is the AutoCross for Kids, with event attendees able to ride with a professional driver on the AutoCross course for a suggested donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.


The Autocross for Kids is slated for Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 2:00pm. Contributions resulting from the AutoCross for Kids initiative benefit the foundation’s unique and innovative services that are provided at no cost to young cancer patients and their families at the foundation headquarters in Chattanooga and at other children’s hospitals throughout the United States.


“This week’s Autocross for Kids is at another huge, high-profile venue, which really adds value to our partnership with Goodguys,” said foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “The Goodguys organization doesn’t do ‘small’ but instead pulls out all the stops to make everything they do a major, first-class event and experience for all participants. Our foundation is fortunate to be part of those experiences.”


Foundation services provided to patients and family members include Diversionary Therapy that gives young patients and their family members much-needed diversions from a fight against cancer, via a variety of specialized activities; the Healthy Lifestyle Program that educates children about nutrition, exercise, sun safety and avoidance of tobacco products; and the Psycho-Oncology Program that offers specialized therapies. Those three programs, along with an Industrial Arts Program, operate under the umbrella of the new Education Advancement Center at the foundation headquarters.


The Industrial Arts Program enables children to learn fabrication skills using a variety of hand, power and machine tools. The program also includes small engine repair and automobile maintenance. In the pediatric cancer setting, the program serves not only to teach young cancer patients and their family members traditional “shop” skills but also promotes the development and improvement of family and team-building skills. The improvement of coordination deficits resulting from cancer treatments is also targeted, as are behavioral, memory and learning deficits resulting from cancer and the effects on each family member. The Industrial Arts Program’s automotive emphasis is complemented by the “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” Engine Challenge and the Driver Performance Improvement Program.


Following is the remaining 2017 schedule of Goodguys events involving the Austin Hatcher Foundation:

  • 6th Nostalgia Nationals, October 13-15, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 24th Southeastern Nationals, October 20-22, Charlotte, North Carolina