Thursday, August 23, 2012

What You Give Will Grow - 'Wigs For Kids'

You never know what you will learn at a racetrack. However, even NASCAR Race Mom was surprised when she arrived at the famous 2.31-mile, 12-turn road course in Sonoma, California for the “GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma” weekend.

It all started in May 2010 and it started as a superstition. Thomas Morstead is an American football punter and kickoff specialist for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Saints 164th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He never ever gets his hair cut during the season. Days before the 2011 training camp, he had the pleasure of having dinner with the Gleason family.

For those of you who don't know, Steve Gleason is responsible for the greatest play in Saint's history. He blocked the Falcon's punt in the first game back in the Dome after Katrina. At the dinner, Michel Gleason, Steve's lovely wife, told Morstead that he couldn't cut his hair. She said it was exactly like Steve's. Morstead learned Steve had grown his hair out several times in order to donate it to those in need. 

That night, Morstead decided to follow Steve’s lead and donate his hair. For the entire 2012 season leading up to Superbowl 47, which happens to be in New Orleans, Thomas Morstead will continue growing his hair to raise awareness for the organization 'WIGS FOR KIDS'. 

Once the season ends, Morstead will GIVE his hair to this worthy cause. Since not everyone is in the position to grow – then give their hair, Thomas Morstead has teamed up with Verizon in order to give fans another opportunity to help out this wonderful cause by entering a raffle for an opportunity to go to the Superbowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, 2013.

Go to the “What You Give Will Grow” website for all the details. 

“Thank you so much for your support of ‘What You GIVE Will Grow’ and ‘Wigs for Kids’. Letting go of your hair can be very difficult. I know I will miss having long hair. But how blessed are we to be able to give to kids in need…” Thomas Morstead

Now this is where football, racing, and great causes mix:

If you are at the Infineon Raceway this weekend, look for the blue Formula Mazda racing in the Formula Car Challenge. This race car, driven by George Jackson, will be supporting the “What You Give Will Grow” cause. Jackson who races out of the Texas Autosports stable for Moses Smith is at Sonoma for a National Event. Look for George at the front of the pack. You can learn more about this driver at his website.

George Jackson cools down after a hot win at Texas Motor Speedway! (May 2012)


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