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…
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.
“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.”
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.