Austin Hatcher Foundation To Benefit From Big-League Setting, With Goodguys 12th Nashville Nationals At Nissan Stadium

  • Partnership With Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Showcased at Tennessee Titans’ Home
  • AutoCross for Kids Fundraising Activity Set for Friday and Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.  (May 17, 2017) – They’re making some noise in Music City this weekend with the Goodguys 12th Nashville Nationals at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. As part of the Friday-through-Sunday event, the partnership between the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will facilitate a most unique fundraising initiative – the “AutoCross for Kids.”

This is the third year the Austin Hatcher Foundation has partnered with Pleasanton, California-based Goodguys, the world’s largest hot rodding association founded in 1983. Goodguys now has more than 70,000 active members worldwide. This weekend is one of six Goodguys events involving the foundation this year. The partnership has embellished the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s established history of involvement with both motorsports and automotive organizations; the foundation is an official “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association along with being part of the “SEMA Cares” Family of Charities.

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 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 8am – 2p.m on Sunday. 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, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville – and at other children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

“We are proud to partner with Goodguys in our home state,” said the foundation’s co-founder and president, Amy Jo Osborn. “Our organization continues to grow but our roots are in Tennessee and those roots run deep. The chance to be involved in an event in such a high-profile facility like Nissan Stadium is invaluable, as we strive to raise awareness about our foundation and our mission to eradicate the effects of pediatric cancer.

“Our foundation thrives on associating themselves with honorable, caring and talented groups, and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is a perfect example.”

Foundation services provided to patients and family members include Diversionary Therapy that gives young patients and their family members much-needed diversions from the 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:

  • 20th PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, Ohio
  • 6th Nostalgia Nationals, October 13-15, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 24th Southeastern Nationals, October 20-22, Charlotte, North Carolina