Racing To Make A Difference

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Professional car racers are used to seeing the world pass by. But one racing team is making it a point to slow down to try and make a difference.

Valkyrie Racing USA is a Porsche Race Shop out of Stafford, Texas. Members of the team travel across the country on the racing circuit. Founder and president, Eric Georges says about three months ago, during a team meeting they all decided they wanted to give something back to the community.

"And especially to some children who might not have an opportunity to be close to this," Georges said.

Right after that meeting a Valkyrie racer made the decision to take the driver seat to make it happen. He contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters. Brian Kamery was that driver.

"These kids are really special, any kid is special obviously but these kids just are in serious need of role models,' Kamery said.

He started contacting businesses that could possibly co-sponsor events with Valkyrie Racing USA for local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters in racing cities.

On Saturday Valkyrie and Waterloo Ice House based in Austin put on an activity for "Bigs and Littles" from the BBBS of the Brazos Valley at Texas World Speedway.

Kids and their mentors got the chance to ride with Kamery in his racing Porsche. By all of the smiles, it was clear everyone was having a blast.

But they weren't the only ones to get a thrill.

Kamery said, "It is such as rush for me to look over in that right hand seat and see some kid absolutely giggling."

He says using his specialized skill he is making an impact on more than his profession. And he hopes by taking time to explain what he does and giving opportunities to experience it up close, the kids he interacts with will learn they are not limited.

"There's opportunities out there for them, that there are role models for them and that the sky's the limit," Kamery said.

And that is exactly what the Terry Dougherty, director of the BBBS of the Brazos Valley, wants instilled in the kids. She believes events like this reward children with an important advantage.

"A bigger view of what possibilities there might be for their future," Dougherty said.


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