Thursday, May 30, 2013

Coach Bob Stoops, NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson to Aid Tornado Victims on Thursday

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will spend Thursday in Moore, Okla., helping with early-stage relief efforts as residents of the Oklahoma City suburb's attempt to rebuild in the wake of last week’s devastating tornadoes.

The cause is personal for Johnson. His wife, Chandra, is a native of Muskogee, Okla., about 140 miles from Moore. And the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is close friends with Oklahoma University football coach Bob Stoops, who will join Johnson in Moore on Thursday.


Johnson has pledged to donate his winnings from the Coca-Cola 600 and Dover to the relief efforts, and his sponsor Lowe’s has committed $1 million in aid to the town.

“We are going to Oklahoma to work with Lowe's and a little partnership with Feed the Children as well,” said Johnson. “We'll be there Thursday passing out really what is needed at the time, essentially food, it could be cleanup items and a variety of things. But we have a big truck full of goods, and I'll be there with the Lowe's folks at the Lowe's store there in town and head on out and help the people in need. I'm excited to go firsthand to see and help and meet and pass out what is needed.” (SpeedTV)
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