At the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series awards banquet Monday night, the 2016 Comcast Community Champion of the Year awards was given to Wade Jackson, a fabricator with JR Motorsports.
Following the passing of his son Jacob at 17 to a congenital heart defect after open heart surgery, Wade Jackson and his wife Kim founded Camp LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids).
Camp Luck’s mission is to provide a place for kids with heart disease to gather together and experience community. Among the programs the camp provides are Baby LUCK, Youth Board, Parent Support Network, Camp LUCK Cares, Camp LUCK Closet and Hug ‘n Heal Pillows.
“For Comcast to come right in and offer this award and get the word out, that means as much as anything – to bring attention toward our cause and continue to do good,” said Wade Jackson after receiving the award, which also comes with a $60,000 donation from Comcast.
“The Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award is so invaluable to Camp LUCK, as it will provide funding for the camp for an entire year,” continues Jackson. “The work that Comcast does to recognize all of the good that people do in the NASCAR community is just so impressive.”
Jackson and Camp LUCK were one of three finalists for the award, including Samantha and Kyle Busch’s Bundle of Joy Fund and Ray Wright’s Pit Stops for Hope. Both organizations will receive $30,000 donations.
“It is an honor to select Wade Jackson as our 2016 Comcast Community Champion of the Year, as he represents the selfless and giving attitude toward helping others that Comcast values so deeply,” said Matt Lederer, executive director of sports marketing at Comcast. in a press release. “So many of those in the NASCAR industry have a passion for giving back to their communities, and we’re proud to play a part in celebrating their passion with this award.”