Even if you aren’t a fan of auto racing, you’ve probably heard of NASCAR. What you may not know about the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing is its charitable work.
The NASCAR Foundation works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children who need their help the most. The foundation created the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to recognize individuals who go the extra mile to help the children in their communities.
This was the inaugural year of the award, so it was important to get things off on the right foot by giving it to a man whose work with children involved ice cream. That individual was 83-year-old Robert Weaver. Affectionately known as the “Ice Cream Man,” Mr. Weaver has been handing out ice cream treats to the children at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind for over fifty years. His support for the school doesn’t stop there. He has also taught the students how to ride tricycles and helped the school raise over $200,000.
In addition to the recognition, Mr. Weaver was given an all-expense-paid trip to NASCAR’s Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, a 2012 Ford Explorer and $100,000 for his charity, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation.