Charitable Sponsors

Best Buddies

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is Panther Racing's national charity. Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies mission is to enhance the lives of intellectually challenged people by providing opportunities for socialization and employment.

Fisher HouseThe Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

There is at least one Fisher House™ at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House™ program serves more than 10,000 families, and have made available nearly 2.5 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.

By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!

youth challengeThe National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is fundamentally an intervention program designed to provide opportunities for those youth who are deemed to be most at-risk and who demonstrate a desire to improve their potential for successful and productive lives. Authorized and funded through Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau is responsible for management and oversight of the 33 ChalleNGe programs that graduated more than 92,300 Corpsmembers to date.

The ChalleNGe program continues to be fiscally competitive with other Federal as well as private programs with a mission to help disadvantaged youth. Empirical evidence shows the ChalleNGe program to be the most cost-effective intervention reviewed for achievement in addressing the needs of at-risk youth.


Millions of times each year at thousands of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.