The Tampa Bay Lightning, in conjunction with Shoot For A Cure, The Challenged Athletes Foundation of Florida and the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, will join forces in a race for recovery at the inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday, March 26, 2010 to raise funds for spinal cord injury research, which includes seeking to cure paralysis and to improve the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injuries.
Race participants will share a unique opportunity to run, walk or wheel their way to the finish line directly on the Honda Grand Prix racetrack the night prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series in which some of the world’s best drivers will take to the track. A victory party will take place immediately following the race, where there will be IndyCar pace cars on display as well as photo opportunities with IZOD IndyCar drivers.
The race for recovery is set to begin at Straub Park located on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg at 6:45 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Shoot For A Cure campaign, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, The Challenged Athletes Foundation of Florida, and Embracing Florida’s Wounded Heroes. All organizations involved are seeking the mutual goal of raising money for paralysis and to encourage individuals with physical disabilities to pursue active lifestyles, maintain healthy lives through physical fitness and to realize their ability to meet new challenges and regain confidence.
A registration window for individuals wishing to support the cause will take place on Friday from 9 a.m. until just before the participants take their places at the starting line at 6:30 p.m. The Lightning Mobile Marketing Truck will be on site at 6 p.m. to donate raffle items and distribute free Lightning giveaways to all athletes as they cross the finish line, in support of the their dedication to the Shoot For A Cure cause.
Through the NHL incentive program and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s support, Shoot For A Cure has been able to help educate coaches, players and parents on reducing the risk of spinal cord injuries in hockey. For more information, please visit www.shootforacure.org.