GoDaddy, one of the biggest names in web hosting, is well-known for its philanthropic pursuits that help worthy charities all over the world. Their latest pursuit involves a joint effort with .ORG to donate $100,000 to Victory Junction, a children’s camp originally founded by NASCAR’s Petty family. Victory Junction is a place where children with serious and/or chronic illnesses can go for care, support, and social interaction.
GoDaddy has been involved with racing for some time, making the donation a natural fit. They are the primary sponsor of Mark Martin’s #5 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Danica Patrick, one of the official GoDaddy spokespersons, is also full-time race car driver. She joined the NASCAR Nationwide Series this past August (2011). Both drivers together lend the name recognition to link NASCAR and GoDaddy together. Both were also present at Phoenix International Raceway when the donation was presented on November 10, 2011.
“Donors are what make this program work,” Martin said. “We appreciate tech leaders like GoDaddy.com and The Public Interest Registry who step up to make a difference to help these children. That’s what it’s all about.”
Victory Junction was the brainchild of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, son of Kyle Petty and the grandson of Richard Petty. He had the idea after being inspired by Camp Carefree in North Carolina. Although Adam Petty died in a crash at New Hampshire in spring of 2000, his wife and father carried on his vision by raising the necessary money to build Victory Junction. The camp officially opened in 2004 and has never looked back – thanks to donations like those from NASCAR drivers and GoDaddy.