Media Advisory: USO of NC teams up with Operation Motorsport to engage ill, injured and wounded service members and veterans through motorsports opportunities

WHAT: Operation Motorsport is launching a new program for ill, injured and wounded service members and veterans transitioning from military to civilian life, August 25-27 at the Virginia International Raceway. The “Excite” program was successfully launched last month in Ontario, Canada, but this is the first time that the program will be offered to U.S. service members and veterans.

As part of the launch, Operation Motorsport is working with the USO of North Carolina to identify a group of ill, injured or wounded service members and veterans who will join Operation Motorsport at the Michelin GT Challenge for a motorsport immersion experience with select International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race teams and car corrals.

WHEN: Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27

WHERE: Virginia International Raceway, 1245 Pine Tree Rd, Alton, VA 24520

Note: Media interested in covering the event should RSVP to tiffany@operationmotorsport.ca or 978-833-3952 no later than August 23, 2017. Operation Motorsport representatives are available for interview.

WHY: Operation Motorsport is a nonprofit organization that engages, through motorsports opportunities, ill, injured and wounded service members and disabled veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery and rehabilitation.

The Excite program coordinates and provides motorsports experience as a recovery activity, a training opportunity and qualification needed to return to work, and serves as the relationship manager between the Motorsports and automotive industry for vocational opportunities for the wounded, injured and ill.

QUOTE: “We are excited to work with the USO of North Carolina, a leader in supporting our military members throughout their time in service and through their transition to civilian life, to bring the Operation Motorsport Excite program to active duty and transitioning service members in the United States,” said Tiffany Lodder, executive director, Operation Motorsport. “We have seen the true and positive impact that connecting service members to motorsports has on their recovery and rehabilitation, and we are committed to providing respite, rehabilitation, vocational support and training to those affected by military operations within the framework of Motorsport.”

ABOUT OPERATION MOTORSPORT: Operation Motorsport is Canadian Veteran Owned Not for Profit, based in Brighton, Ontario and was founded on the basis of 3 simple words; Excite / Engage / Empower. The premise is to engage, through Motorsport activities, ill & injured Service Members & disabled Veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery & rehabilitation. @OpsMotorsport http://operationmotorsport.org/

ABOUT THE USO OF NORTH CAROLINA: The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., touching nearly 600,000 lives annually, helping our service members and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, our travel partner American Airlines, 4- star Patriot Circle members Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Community Coffee, Harris Teeter, Lenovo, Marine Federal Credit Union, USAA, Walmart and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our service members. For more information visit www.uso-nc.org and to donate, visit https://uso-nc.org/donate-now/.

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