CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, announced today the recipients of the 2014 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The grants, which are awarded to K-12 public and charter schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson’s respective hometowns of Muskogee, Oklahoma, El Cajon, California, and where they currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, totaled $556,623.
“We are now in our sixth year of supporting public education, yet the enormous need continues to amaze us,” said Chandra Johnson. “All of the applications were impressive. It is exciting to read through them and learn about the new and innovative opportunities educators want to provide to their students. We are honored to be able to fund so many deserving projects this year.”
The announcement took place at Garinger High School. Garinger is one of five schools in the Charlotte area to receive a Champions Grant. Students and staff from the five local schools were in attendance as the Johnsons made the announcement on behalf of the Foundation and program partner Lowe’s. The Johnsons shared that these schools, along with seven others from Muskogee and the San Diego area, have been selected to receive the grants.
“Chani and I are very excited for this year’s projects to get off the ground,” said Jimmie Johnson. “The Champions Grant program is great because we get to see the impact of the projects from start to finish. We appreciate being able to play a role in the education of students in our hometowns and here in Charlotte.”
This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grant awards included $257,870 toward science and technology needs, $168,316 for health and fitness activities, $80,458 toward arts programs and $49,979 toward literacy initiatives.
The 2014 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
The funded projects for 2014 range from constructing an outdoor classroom and kitchen to creating a district-wide e-library to creating a visual arts program. Several schools also received technology grants to purchase new computers.
Nearly $3.7 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.
To see a detailed list of the 2014 Champions Grant projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
- Tom Jensen
NASCAR Editor at FOXSports.com & RACER Magazine