IMSA Stars Ricky and Jordan Taylor Visit Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Education Advancement Center

• Taylor Brothers Assisting AHF in Preparing Research Protocol using New SimCraft Simulators
• Program’s Simulator Training to Deliver Cognitive Benefits for Young Cancer Patients

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2017) – International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) stars Ricky and Jordan Taylor visited the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s new Education Advancement Center (EAC) on Wednesday, demonstrating their sports car expertise on two SimCraft simulators recently installed at the EAC.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation was recently named the official charity of Marietta, Georgia-based SimCraft, which supplies motion technology solutions in motorsports, aviation, driver education, gaming, home theater applications, and more.

The Taylors will help establish the driving portion of research protocol in the simulator set-up process for the EAC’s Driving Simulation Program. They have dominated the 2017 IMSA season and are poised to clinch the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype class title on Saturday at Road Atlanta, in the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.

The Taylors have a longstanding relationship with the Austin Hatcher Foundation, which is an official “Proud Charity” of IMSA. In addition to testing their skills on the simulators on Wednesday, the Taylor Brothers met with young cancer patients and their families at the EAC.

“It was so cool to come to this new facility and see what goes on behind the scenes,” Jordan Taylor said. “It means so much when you get to experience something like that.”

The EAC focuses on diagnosing and treating educational and functional deficits associated with pediatric cancer and its life-saving treatments. The center’s programs include industrial arts and driving simulation along with school tutorial programs, neuro-cognitive testing and remediation and other specialty programs designed to optimize recovery from cancer by both patients and their families. A new “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” program is also being added, involving teams that will disassemble and reassemble small-block V8 engines.

The automotive-themed center reflects the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s long-running affiliation with both the automotive and motorsports industries. In addition to its affiliations with SimCraft and IMSA, the foundation is a member of the “SEMA Cares” Family of Charities. Previously, the foundation was the Official Charity of the American Le Mans Series sports car organization. The foundation also is amid a successful fundraising partnership with Goodguys Rod & Custom Association of Pleasanton, California, the world’s largest hot-rodding organization.

About the Austin Hatcher Foundation
The mission of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation, founded in 2006 by Amy Jo Osborn and her husband, Dr. James Osborn, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation provides all services at no cost, with services funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. Throughout 2017, the Foundation is commemorating its 10-year anniversary, a period when services were provided to more than 70,000 individuals across 28 states, in 38 children’s hospitals. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org or contact the Foundation via e-mail at info@hatcherfoundation.org. Follow the Austin Hatcher Foundation on Facebook at facebook.com/austinhatcherfoundation and on Twitter at @austinhatcher.fo.