Lions Club Story of the Week: Racing to Serve

For International President Sid L. Scruggs III and many others, there are few things as exciting as a stock car race. Engines are revving and the crowd is cheering. So, when Sid told us about an annual Lions Stock Car Race in Wisconsin, we went there with a video crew to investigate. What we found were Lions serving their community while providing an opportunity of a lifetime to several locals, including those who are visually impaired.

Racing to Serve

Through a partnership with BOLD (Blind Outdoor Leisure Development), the Lions include a unique race during the event. Visually impaired drivers (fitted with blind folds to even the playing field) have the chance to get behind the wheel with a sighted pilot sitting beside them to guide them through the laps. We captured the action on film and even secured cameras on the dashboard and the windshield of one car.

Racing to Serve

“It gives people a chance to take risks, try new experiences and have fun while doing it,” said District Governor Karla Harris. “It shines a light on what Lions do.”

Racing to Serve

Truly a Lions event, all 53 clubs in District 27-A1 have participated in some way during the races. Lions sponsor and decorate the cars and all drivers must be Lions members. The thousands of dollars raised from the races goes to Lions charities, including the Wisconsin Lions Camp, the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

  • Timothy Tate

    Great project! My Club, The Bountiful Lions Club 28U, runs a project where the Utah Foundation for the Blind brings their Sports Camp to our rifle range where they are able to shoot guns as long as they want. We involve a certified hunter safety instructor at each of our 13 shooting stations. We also run the same program for the Utah Blind Students Association, sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind of Utah. We also provide a meal and make a good donation to the organizations. Next spring we will add a group from the Utah Council of the Blind.

  • http://unitedwayuc.org Rachel Pittman

    That sounds like a lot of fun! Where did you get all the race cars? You were not worried about anyone crashing or getting hurt?