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Sunday, May 29 2016 15:11

Doing Good: Toy State & Tommy Baldwin Racing are Helping Children with Mobility Issues...

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I've written much about Toy State on this site over the years, but today's story is a little bit different - a chance to shine a little light on some really great things that they're doing... pledging support to helping children with mobility issues. This past week, Toy State, along with Tommy Baldwin Racing, hosted their 4th GoBabyGo! workshop of the last 12 months, and the second in the Charlotte area. The workshop took place in Mooresville, NC at the Tommy Baldwin Racing shop. Toy State provided ten area children with a ride-on car that was outfitted to model the No.7 Nikko RC/Toy State car driven by Regan Smith on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Smith along with fellow NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were in attendance along with other members of the NASCAR community. Toy State is currently in the middle of a 14-race partnership with TBR as the primary sponsor of the No. 7 car. Check out some photos and details on the program below...

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GoBabyGo! is a national, research-based program that provides modified, ride-on toy cars to young children with disabilities. The cars give children with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other mobility disabilities a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily. The program was launched by founder Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware in 2012 and expanded to Oregon State University under the direction of Sam Logan in 2014.  

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See more photos on the Facebook Pages for Toy State & Tommy Baldwin Racing

"We are so proud that today marks our fourth GoBabyGo! workshop and second in Charlotte," said Andy Friess, Toy State President. "Today's event was another huge success. For the second year in a row we were able to provide ten Charlotte area children with specialized ride-on cars that look just like our number 7 car, plus a chance for these kids to spend time with NASCAR drivers.  Over the last 12 months we have provided more than 40 children with their own Nikko RC/Toy State car.  Giving back is so important to Toy State and we are thrilled to do our part."

Video from the Charlotte Observer...

For more information about how you can get involved in Go Baby Go visit the University of Delaware's GoBabyGo! website. The site includes contact information for program affiliates across the United States and around the world, as well as information about how to bring a car-modifying workshop to your area.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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