KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE ACROSS AMERICA
RIDING FOR A CAUSE
In 1995, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles to create the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. One of the most successful and popular charity events in the country, the annual motorcycle trek engages celebrities, Ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans and local communities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction.
Since 1995, 8,875 riders have logged nearly 12.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $20 million for Victory Junction and other children's charities.
The inspiration for the Ride came in 1994, when Kyle and three friends rode their motorcycles from North Carolina to a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Friends joined the ride along the way, and by the time the group reached Phoenix, it had grown to 30 riders. The turnout inspired Kyle, and he decided to nurture the event into something bigger; the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was born.
Since its inception by Kyle in 2004 in honor of his late son Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride's primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of children with chronic or serious medical illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.
It takes more than $2,500 for a child to attend Victory Junction for a week. But, through the generous support of corporations, organizations and individuals, each camper participates for free. To date, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America remains the largest cumulative donor to Victory Junction, funding camperships for deserving kids and maintenance needs to upkeep the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Water Park at the camp.
For more information about the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, including how to participate, please click here to visit its website.