CONCORD, N.C. - A devoted champion of children in need and a decorated war veteran, Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) National Executive Director Emeritus and retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Sadler, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Sadler bravely served his country for four decades then dedicated his life to serving children through Speedway Children's Charities for nearly 25 years.
"Gen. Sadler was an outstanding man, not just for the sacrifices he made in service to his country, but also for the dedication he had for Speedway Children's Charities," said O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and founder of Speedway Children's Charities. "I hired him a long time ago to grow our charity and to help children, and he did that every day he worked for me. Gen. Sadler often said, 'When you look into the eyes of a child in need, you're looking into the eyes of God.' He was incredibly dedicated to making a difference for kids who may not have been able to help themselves. General, you will be greatly missed."
A loving father and husband, Sadler was married to Mary Kenner Sadler, affectionately known as "Miss Ken," for 57 years before she passed away in 2008. Sadler is survived by his son, Tommy and daughter-in-law, Penny.
Join David Ragan and some of NASCAR's brightest stars at the Speedway Children's Charities 2010 Clay Shoot on Thursday March 4th.
Held at the beautiful Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort in Griffin Georgia this event gives shooters and fans a chance to see how well your shots stack up against your favorite drivers. Participants will be treated to a barbecue meal from Huckleberry's and fun "pit stops" throughout the course. You won't want to miss this great event, if you sign up before March 1st you will be entered in a chance to win a VIP race experience. Register on-line on this website or by mail today!!
WOW - what great support Speedway Children's Charities received in 2009.
We really want to thank all those who participated in our events for their contribution, time and support. From the cool days of spring where we shot clays, met drivers up close and personal at Fast Talk, bought incredible memorabilia at the auction or walked on the awesome track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe you were here for the hot days of Labor Day where we played golf, rode motorcycles, bought more great memorabilia or walked on the track with some of our brightest stars of NASCAR. May you drove your own car around the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway or took a Pace Car ride that made your heart race and your mind dream of what it would be like to race on Saturday night. No matter what you participated in or will take part in the future we appreciate all of our supporters, sponsors and friends. YOU ROCK!!
I just wanted to take the time to thank you and your people from Speedway Children's Charities for the most wonderful experience in at the Atlanta Motor Speedway!
I have lived a very adventurous life, but the Ride of a Lifetime was the best thing that I have ever done! It was not worth 500 dollars--it was worth 5 million!
I was impressed with how hard you and your staff worked to get everything coordinated. I never knew how chaotic things could get just getting drivers and riders into the cars for the parade lap.
I was fortunate enough to ride with Denny Hamlin. For the record, he must be the nicest guy in the world! We talked the whole time. He was so sincere!
This experience will lead me to become more involved with NASCAR Foundation events in the future.
Thank You so much!
Mary Lou Briggs
WOW, what a great time hanging out with Speedway Children's Charities at the Southwest Christian Care Hustle For Hope.
The Hustle For Hope was a 5k Race/Fun Run that supports Southwest Christian Care Ministry a charity that has been a long time beneficiary of Speedway Children's Charities. Normally I am at Atlanta Motor Speedway cheering on Fast Cars but on Saturday May 2 I had the opportunity to cheer on fast runners. I had a blast getting the runners warmed up and watching everyone enjoy a great morning of fellowship. I just love being involved with Speedway Children's Charities and all the great events that they participate in. Keep up the good work SCC; I am always there to lend a hand!
As race week approaches the excitement and participation builds, it is so incredible to see how everything comes together to put on the most amazing show in sports.
This year we were particularly blessed with beautiful spring like weather and great racing throughout the weekend.
On Thursday we kicked off our busy weekend with the Annual Clay Shoot at Cherokee Rose. The competition was intense and came down to a shoot off between two shooters with a perfect score. At the end everyone enjoyed barbecue provided by Huckleberry's and a demonstration by the US Shooting Team. It was a great day!!
On Friday we hosted our first ever FAST TALK in Club One at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Guests were treated to a very special evening, enjoying Georgia Power Qualifying and a chance to mingle with NASCAR celebrities, Bruton Smith, Mike Helton, Sam Bass, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Jack Roush, Mike Skinner, Reed Sorenson, and Michael Waltrip. What a facility to watch racing action!!
Saturday and Sunday our many wonderful volunteers hit the pavement selling NASCAR Day Pins. Thanks to all of you for your great effort!!
Sunday morning the events culminated with the "Ride Of A Lifetime" auction winners. It was so exciting to see the look on the faces of all those winners as they cruised around the track in corvettes with their favorite driver. What a ride!!
There is so much that goes into the planning of all of these events and we in Atlanta are so grateful to the volunteers, celebrities and sponsors who make all of these events possible. Knowing what we do will impact the lives of so many children is a huge reward for an exciting weekend of events!!
Atlanta Chapter Director
I would like to personally thank everyone that made the Santa's Toy Run toy drive and fundraiser a resounding success. Over $3800 for the Speedway Children's Charities
and $1500 for the Gwinnett Children Shelter was collected by Circle Heart Racing and Fandango Racing through pledges made for the laps completed in the 8 hour endurance race plus donation made for Race Car Ride Alongs; reserve you spot now! There were also 12 children's Christmas wish lists from Gwinnett County Children Shelter filled by many different teams from NASA-SE. NASA-SE (National Auto Sports Association) has been very supportive with our fundraising efforts which will continue in the 2009 season. www.NASA-SE.com
To top it off we collected a truck load of toys that were given to and greatly appreciated by the Haven House and Noah's Ark. We are looking forward to the 2nd Annual Santa's Toy Run at Road Atlanta on December 4 - 6, 2009. Contact Ron Rigdon at 404-925-7350 or CircleHeartRacing@earthlink.net to get involved with this successful event. TOGETHER we have made a difference in a child's life and brought many smiles and happiness this Christmas.
Many thanks and God bless you,
Ron & Debbie Rigdon
Circle Heart Racing
Atlanta Chapter Trustee
I participate in helping raise money for the Speedway Children’s Charities because it is an organization I believe in and one that reaches out to so many people in our communities.
Being a part of something like this not only benefits our communities, but it also brings the community together. From participating in ticket sales at Thursday Thunder to seeing all the people who are touched by this organization, the satisfaction is immeasurable.
Christina L. Humble
Flint River Council, BSA