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Nomination deadline looms for humanitarian award

May 13, 2014, Staff report,

Support an 'everyday champion,' submit their name by Friday at midnight ET

RELATED: Nominate a worthy individual for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

The fourth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award celebrates "everyday champions," and your chance to nominate a local hero ends Friday at midnight ET.

France, the executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR, Inc., and chairwoman of the NASCAR Foundation, detailed the mission of the foundation and the meaning behind the award in Sunday's Daytona Beach (Florida) News-Journal.

"My work with The NASCAR Foundation is a manifestation of my longtime commitment to getting involved in community-oriented activities and charitable causes," France wrote. "Years ago, when I came to Daytona Beach, I started developing a keen interest in those areas. I have truly been fortunate through the years to remain involved, helping others."


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France defined the term "everyday champions" as "people whose volunteer efforts turn children into winners, no matter what kind of challenges they may face. Helping improve the quality of a child's life is a cause everyone can embrace."

"Since the award was created in 2010, The NASCAR Foundation has utilized the award to donate a combined $525,000 to charities," France wrote. "And more than 50,000 children have been helped through the combined efforts of our humanitarian award finalists.

NASCAR President Mike Helton told FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Live" last Friday that the award acknowledges hard-working fans of the sport who give back to their communities.

"In a short period of time, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has been very well received, and it was designed around an opportunity for all the unknown folks out there who work so hard to make the quality of life better for somebody else," Helton said. "We're very proud of the work that the garage area does in their off time in a benevolent effort."

"But this [award] was designed around the fans of NASCAR being able to recognize someone that they know who has done something from an extraordinary effort to help people in their lives who are in some way connected to NASCAR. We've been very pleased with the success of it."  

To nominate an individual for the award, go to Again, the deadline for submitting nominations is Friday at midnight Eastern time.

After the nomination process is complete, four finalists will be announced in the fall of 2014, and voting will open on

The finalist who secures the most online votes will be announced as the winner during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas on Dec. 5.


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