ABINGDON, VA (June 23, 2022): We mourn the passing of Bruton Smith, a champion lauded for his leadership of Speedway Motor Sports, developing Bristol Motor Speedway into a world-class sporting venue, and putting Bristol and the entire Tri-Cities Region in the spotlight.
Today, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Highlands Community Services (HCS) also recognizes Bruton Smith as the consummate ‘Champion 4 Children.’ Through the establishment of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), more than $19 million have been distributed by Bristol’s Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities to youth-serving organizations that directly impact the health, education and welfare of children in the greater Tri-Cities.
As a beneficiary of SCC’s philanthropy, the CAC has directly served more than 4,500 children with programs designed to prevent and mitigate children’s trauma from abuse and neglect.
We are so grateful for Bruton Smith’s innovation and commitment to bettering the lives of our region’s smallest citizens. Thank you for being a ‘Champion 4 Children.’ – Kathi Roark, Program Director, CAC of HCS
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a program of Highlands Community Services that leverages the efforts of law enforcement, prosecutors, medical and mental health providers, social workers and others to provide a seamless, comprehensive system of support for child victims of abuse and neglect.
Highlands Community Services is a multi-faceted Virginia Community Service Board providing mental health, substance use and developmental services to the residents of Washington County and the City of Bristol, Virginia. Serving thousands of individuals each year, their goal is to provide a full continuum of care and to increase access to innovative mental health services by “improving lives and discovering possibilities.” To learn more, please call 276.525.1550 or visit HighlandsCSB.org.