PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Comcast is proud to announce nominations for the 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year are now open through Aug. 2, 2021 at ComcastCommunityChampion.com. In its seventh year, this prestigious annual award serves to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry.
Created in 2015, the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award is designed to honor the incredible efforts of NASCAR industry members who are giving selflessly to improve their communities. Comcast will select and honor three finalists, sharing their stories publicly. A committee of NASCAR & Comcast executives will then determine the Comcast Community Champion of the Year, awarding $60,000 to the champion’s affiliated charity and $30,000 to each of the two finalists’ selected charities later this year.
“Uplifting communities is one of our core values at Comcast, and we’re honored to recognize the selfless individuals from the NASCAR family going above and beyond to support their local communities,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Amplification. “We’re calling on race fans and industry family members to nominate these unseen heroes so we can continue to highlight the amazing work and causes they are supporting.”
Eligible award recipients from NASCAR’s top-three national series are:
- Race team owners, employees and drivers
- Employees from tracks on the 2021 schedule
- NASCAR officials
- Motorsports media members
Since the inception of the program, Comcast has donated more than $700,000 to 18 different nonprofit organizations, furthering the impact of the philanthropic efforts of all finalists and champions. Past champions include:
- NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, representing the Live To Be Different Foundation
- Dover International Speedway President, Mike Tatoian, representing USO Delaware
- NASCAR champion, Joey Logano, representing the Joey Logano Foundation
- Chip Ganassi Racing’s pit crew department representing Ronald McDonald House
- JR Motorsports fabricator, Wade Jackson, representing Camp LUCK
- NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, representing the Iowa Donor Network
“It was a tremendous honor to be named Comcast Community Champion last season,” said NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. “Comcast’s generosity has helped the Live To Be Different Foundation continue to empower the next generation to build a better and more inclusive society by removing barriers and fulfilling dreams.”
Comcast has a storied history of strengthening communities each and every day of the year providing education opportunities and digital skills training to help create more pathways to economic mobility for young people and adults alike. In March, on the 10th anniversary of the Internet Essentials program, Comcast announced it would invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to further close the digital divide and provide even more low-income Americans the tools and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world. In 2020, Comcast provided nearly $500 million in total support to 4,500 nonprofit partners sharing Comcast’s commitment to creating a more connected and equitable world.