Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports and Sonic Automotive, as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age. Given his experience, Smith became passionate about helping children in need and SCC was created, focusing on communities surrounding SMI speedways in Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, New Hampshire, Texas, Las Vegas and Sonoma.

Throughout the years, SCC has grown to fund thousands of organizations nationwide that help children directly with everything from educational support to the basic need of a coat or a simple meal. The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.

Challenges ranging from learning disabilities, broken homes, and childhood cancer are on the agenda for the local chapters of SCC and the over 500 non-profit organizations we support nationally. Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, the Charlotte Chapter was able to distribute more than $854,000 to 93 local charities at its annual grant ceremony in November 2009.

Charlotte Chapter grant requests are accepted on an annual basis from qualified non-profit organizations providing direct services to children. Applications are due July 14 and determinations are made in mid-November. For more information about the Charlotte Chapter please contact Emily Hudgens at (704) 455-4426 or visit www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.