AURORA, Ill. (November 8, 2006) -- When the 2006-’07 Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP season kicks off at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, the circuit’s top riders, Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Yamaha’s Chad Reed, will help raise money for research at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (SickKids) through MX for Children (www.mxforchildren.org). In support of these charity and fundraising efforts, the racers will visit the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Thursday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. EST. During the visit, the racers will participate in a press conference and take part in a personal VIP meet and greet with the kids.
MX for Children has set a fundraising goal of $50,000 that will be used for research for hydrocephalus -- the #1 cause of brain surgery in kids. Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP is sponsoring the Inside Line Pledge Drive. The Inside Line Experience rewards the top 10 individual fundraisers with a VIP meet and greet with Carmichael and Reed, a tour of factory rigs, a walk the track and premium seating. Considered the quintessential all-access pass, these top fundraisers will enjoy the ultimate supercross fan experience where they actually share one-on-one time with the heroes of Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP.
“As we enter our second year of implementing the Inside Line Experience, I am pleased with the support from everyone involved, said Paul Gross, founder of MX for Children. “With the teams and their riders, along with our other partners in this venture, it gives us great pleasure to showcase a world-class event and a platform to give back to the hospital.
To participate in the fundraising drive, entry forms can be downloaded at the official website for the Inside Line Experience http://www.mxforchildren.org. To be eligible for the Inside Line Experience, fans must submit entry forms and donations by Tuesday, November 21, 2006.
“We are happy to align Amp’d Mobile Supercross with such a positive organization, said Todd Jendro, senior director of supercross, Live Nation. “We are very grateful that Ricky and Chad are giving their time to such a worthy charity.
The first-ever Inside Line Experience took place last season at the Seattle stop of Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, where Team Yamaha and Team Suzuki helped raise $40,000. Carmichael, Reed and their respective teammates visited Children’s Hospital in Seattle for a private meet and greet with top fundraisers and kids in the hospital’s cancer ward.
“Last year I really enjoyed this event in Seattle, and I am proud to be a part of it in Toronto, said Reed. “The fans that helped raise money for the charity were so excited to attend the meet and greet, but, actually, they were the real stars for working so hard to support a great cause.
Carmichael, the all-time winningest motocross racer, also enjoyed being a part of the Inside Line Experience.
“We are very fortunate to do what we do for a living, and it’s important for us to give back through our off-track efforts, said Carmichael. “I’m glad to see the Inside Line Experience expanding into Toronto. It’s a great way to kick off the season and an awesome opportunity to put a smile on these kids’ faces.
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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP"¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two internnational events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 94 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.
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About SickKids Foundation
SickKids Foundation was established in 1972. Its mission is to inspire its communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Its vision is “Healthier children. A better world.
In addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the Foundation has a mandate to support children’s health on a national basis. Through its National Grants Program, SickKids Foundation invests $4 million annually across Canada in pediatric research, focusing on issues important to children’s health which have not been addressed elsewhere.
About MX for Children
MX for Children was founded 2005 by Paul Gross and Lori Poliski, parents of William, whose life was saved by the doctors and nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital on his second day of life. They formed MX for Children to create a positive and synergistic bond between motocross enthusiasts and Children’s Hospital’s around North America
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access AMA Pro Racing’s online Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom.