NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was honored with the “Champion for Babies” award at the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference dinner and gala in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26. Hamlin was recognized for his work in raising awareness about March for Babies.
Hamlin, with support from sponsor FedEx, has raced a special March of Dimes paint scheme on his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyta in at least once race per year for the past six seasons. Hamlin has also hosted March of Dimes National Ambassador families at NASCAR races.
“It’s an honor to accept this award tonight and to play a small role in raising the visibility of the great work done by the March of Dimes,” Hamlin said upon accepting the award. “Their mission hits closer to home as I became a first-time father earlier this year, and I’m grateful that, with the help of FedEx, our team has been able to meet and host many families that have been positively impacted by this great organization.”
Hamlin is the fourth recipient of the award, following golf legend Arnold Palmer, Pro Football Hall of Fame member Joe Namath and broadcaster Greg Gumbel.
“It’s an honor to recognize the great work that Denny has provided the March of Dimes,” March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse said. “Denny’s heartfelt and genuine desire to help families less fortunate than him always shines through. He gives us more than his time. He gives us his heart. Denny is a true champion for babies.”
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