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A group of kids from Nashville-area Boys and Girls Clubs received a special visit from one of country music’s hottest stars on Sunday, as award-winning recording artist Kane Brown surprised 20 teens before the start of the Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Brown, a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was announced last month as grand marshal for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event, but his first priority after arriving on the race track was to surprise unsuspecting youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County.
Brown signed autographs, took photos with the kids and engaged in an informal Q&A before heading to the pit road stage for the pre-race festivities. Two club members – Amina, 13, and Yorec, 13 – joined Kane on the starting grid to say the most famous words of the race as the 40 drivers fired up their engines in preparation for the green flag.
Prior to the race, Amina and Yorec met with NASCAR officials, drivers and dignitaries, including NASCAR President Steve Phelps, 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace and WWE Superstar Sheamus, at the Experience 1948 pre-race.
Boys and Girls Clubs attended the race as part of a nationwide partnership with NASCAR designed to educate club youth about career opportunities in the sport. Prior to the Ally 400, the group received a private tour of the race track and met with various industry professionals along the way, including Nashville Superspeedway President Erik Moses and representatives from broadcast operations from NASCAR and the track medical team.
The experience is one of 15 activations planned for NASCAR Cup Series race days this season, and the goal of each is to demonstrate to young people from Boys and Girls Clubs who are preparing to enter the workforce. the wide variety of jobs and career opportunities in motorsport. In 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of America was announced as an Official Youth Community Partner of NASCAR and, now in its second year, the partnership focuses on STEM learning and career development through digital experiences. and on the track.
Brown, who will embark on an international concert tour in September, lives in Nashville and grew up in Chattanooga, just hours from the Nashville Superspeedway. The chart-topping artist has released several No. 1 tracks and his recently released single, “Like I Love Country Music,” has already amassed nearly 10 million plays on Spotify.
Shortly after meeting Brown, the Boys and Girls Club kids had a similar encounter with another state-bound celebrity. New Orleans Saints All-Pro tailback Alvin Kamara, who played college at the University of Tennessee and is currently a NASCAR Growth and Engagement Advisor, met with club members and signed autographs in the in a private meeting.