The spirit of giving isn’t just a seasonal belief at Michigan International Speedway; it’s the racetrack’s way of doing business. MIS Cares, the track’s charity arm, holds that same belief and continues to make a difference in the community with its grant program.
The speedway provides a valuable fund-raising platform for future educational opportunities throughout the year. Now, organizations can apply to receive a grant up to $5,000 to aid in their efforts.
In 2017 organizations in Lenawee and Jackson Counties are invited to apply for the MIS Cares Grant. The focus is to provide for those in the community that have a tie to youth programs or education.
“We are excited to offer grants to local organizations to aid in their initiatives to promote education,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “Our staff lives in the community and we continue to strive to give back to the area.”
All organizations that are a 501(c)(3) entity may download an application now at www.miscares.com. All applications must be postmarked by September 7.
Last year, MIS Cares awarded a record $87,525 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program during the track’s annual Community Luncheon.
As part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all education levels, MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to six school districts in Jackson and Lenawee Counties in 2015. The grants aided in upgrading the technology in the media center or library of the schools.
In addition, MIS Cares awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven students from each Lenawee and Jackson Counties. The scholarship was open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who was entering a STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) field at a college or university in Michigan.
Additionally, MIS created The Michigan Heritage in 2013, a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. Each manufacturer and MIS donated $10,000 to be given to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan every year. Chevrolet and Toyota were the winning manufacturers at MIS in 2015 and chose the National Society of Black Engineers in Detroit, Michigan as the charity.
MIS is becoming known as a place for educational opportunity for students at all levels. Michigan International Speedway and Adrian College partnered to develop, Track and Explore, a first-of-its-kind science-related field trip program.
This unique partnership in sports allows hundreds of school children and college students from the region to benefit from learning about the ecosystem of the Irish Hills area, while also experiencing nature and conservancy that could contribute to their future work as scientists.
Since its inception in 2012, more than 5,600 middle school students from 23 schools have participated in the field trip portion of Track and Explore, with more than a dozen Adrian College students researching and giving science lessons under the supervision of two faculty members, and with the support of the Institute for Career Planning.
MIS welcomed students from across the globe to the Irish Hills as part of the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in the spring. Students competed in one of the most prestigious SAE Collegiate Design events. Formula SAE is an educational competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, build and compete in scaled-down, Formula-style autocross race cars.
As a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, the mission of MIS Cares is to assist and inspire youth within our community. The NASCAR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.
MIS Cares raises money through fund-raising events, as well as online auctions and donations.