Charlotte, North Carolina
NASCAR Cup Champion, Advocate For Children Facing Adversity, Scouting Advocate
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon has made substantial contributions to Cub Scouting as the celebrity spokesperson for the successful Race to Cub Scouting recruitment plan that resulted in hundreds of thousands of boys joining Scouting.
The inspiration for Mr. Gordon’s personal charitable work developed several years ago when his former crew chief, Ray Evernham, received word that his son, Ray J, had been diagnosed with leukemia. Mr. Gordon watched as Ray J struggled through years of chemotherapy and treatment.
The experience solidified Mr. Gordon’s personal mission to help others—specifically to start a foundation that would provide financial and advocacy support for children facing adversity. He founded the Jeff Gordon Foundation in 1999, and it has raised more than $7 million for children’s charities.
After meeting hundreds of children through visits to children’s hospitals and granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mr. Gordon searched for a way to give back to the children in his own community. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center–Northeast opened in Concord, North Carolina, in December 2006, furthering his commitment to help children.
Mr. Gordon and his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, have a daughter.