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In addition to being arguably the greatest driver of his
generation, Jimmie Johnson is a devout philanthropist.
In 2006, Jimmie and wife Chandra launched the
Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which has contributed
more than $8.8 million to various organizations.
The foundation focuses on funding
K- 12 public education, primarily through
the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s
Toolbox for Education Champions Grants
program. Champions Grants have been
awarded to 94 school projects located in
California, Oklahoma and North Carolina,
where the Johnsons grew up and currently reside.
In addition, each year the foundation
selects five charities that support K- 12
public education to be featured on Johnson’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope. Charities
are nominated by fans nationwide and are
voted on by the public. Blue Bunny Helmet
of Hope charities receive a cash grant and
national exposure on the helmet worn for a
select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Past foundation partnerships include
working with San Diego Habitat for Hu-
manity to construct four homes on Foun-
dation Lane in Johnson’s hometown of El
Cajon, Calif.; building Jimmie Johnson’s
Victory Lanes, a four-lane bowling center
for campers at the Petty family’s Vic-
tory Junction in Randleman, N.C.; and
funding the construction of the Toddler
Playroom at the Ronald McDonald House
of Charlotte. The foundation continues to
work with the Hendrick Marrow Program,
Make-A-Wish and Project L.I.F. T.
Another offshoot is the annual JJF Wellness Challenge, which is a series of four
athletic events that attract a wide range of
participants from beginners to advance.
Three of the four events are located in and
around Charlotte this year. New to the JJF
Wellness Challenge in 2016 is the JJF Virtual Triathlon, an event that allows anyone
living in the United States to participate
by registering and completing a 2.4-mile
swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile
run during the month of October. Since
its inception, the JJF Wellness Challenge
has raised more than $400,000 for K- 12
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