National Grand Prix Taps Kennedy Krieger Institute As Official Charity Of Inaugural Race

February 1, 2002
Affiliation puts national spotlight on Baltimore-based center for children with developmental disorders

BALTIMORE, MD - The Kennedy Krieger Institute, a national and international center for children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, has been recognized as the official charity of the National Grand Prix, an international motor sports race premiering this summer in the nation's capitol.

The National Grand Prix, which will be held July 19-21 on the grounds of RFK Stadium, will feature races of three sanctioning bodies, American Le Mans (ALMS), Trans-Am and World Challenge GT. It will be the first major auto-racing event in the D.C. metropolitan area in more than 80 years.

It is the only Grand Prix in the United States that will be televised live on two major networks, NBC and CBS. The ALMS race will be televised live on NBC, and CBS will air the Trans-Am race. The corresponding three-day festival will feature a concert, car shows, a celebrity match race and a black-tie gala.

Organizers of the National Grand Prix will be announcing the partnership with Kennedy Krieger at a press conference at 1pm, February 5 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Congressional Room A.

"This is a perfect opportunity for Kennedy Krieger to introduce itself to a new audience," said Dr. Gary W. Goldstein, chief executive officer of the Institute. "Among pediatricians, researchers and experts in the field, Kennedy Krieger is already recognized as a leader in developmental pediatrics. Families with children with autism and related birth defects come from all over the country to be treated here. We are thankful to the National Grand Prix for choosing us as a partner."

Kennedy Krieger will be the beneficiary of a black-tie gala that will take place July 18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Among the many VIPs who will be in attendance include Albert R. Hunt, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Judy Woodruff, prime anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, who will be honored for their ongoing commitment to, and support of, Kennedy Krieger. Their son, Jeffrey, was treated at Kennedy Krieger in 1998.

"The National Grand Prix is proud to partner with Kennedy Krieger Institute and help bring the message of its work to a larger audience," said Chris Lencheski, founder and chairman of the board of National Grand Prix Holdings. "I know the work of this fine Institute personally, and I have seen the extraordinary things it does for children with everything from birth defects to learning disabilities. We believe in the Kennedy Krieger mission and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership." National Grand Prix Holdings has an agreement with the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission to hold its race at RFK Stadium for the next 10 years.

Since 1937, Kennedy Krieger Institute has been helping children with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome reach their potential. Located in Baltimore, Kennedy Krieger is recognized around the world for its research, training, special education programs and patient care. Break-through therapies, research discoveries, model programs and sought-after professional training all characterize the Institute and its work.

More than 20 percent of the 11,000 children served annually by Kennedy Krieger live in the Greater Washington region. Services are provided through 35 outpatient clinics; three inpatient programs; a Lower, Middle and High School and various home and community programs, representing more than 14 disciplines.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information, visit us on the web at www.kennedykrieger.org.

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