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Indy 500 Family Fun Day
by Steve Beavers
Jul 09, 2013 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NASCAR has nothing on the Boys & Girls Club when it comes to putting together a race team.

The Corinth Unit of the Northeast Mississippi Boys & Girls Club is ready to unveil its five teams when it plays host to the “Indy 500 Family Fun Day” on July 20 from noon to 3 p.m. The go-kart event was originally scheduled for Saturday before being pushed back due to a conflict.

Entries such as Think Pink – a solid pink kart made to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness, Corinth Warriors, Lowe’s, Boys & Girls Club and a kart painted in the purple and gold colors of the Los Angeles Lakers are all ready to see which is the fastest.

“I love every one of them and thought the kids did an awesome job,” said Corinth Unit Director Christy Grice. “Every day I would get more excited as the karts came together.”

Chris Kelley, a staff member at the club, came up with the idea for the Think Pink kart.

“I wanted one that represented something,” said the Corinth fireman. “Breast Cancer Awareness was the first thing that popped into my head.”

Painted in all pink, the kart has the Bible verses Psalm 27 and Jeremiah 29 11-13 located on each side. It was voted Best of Show in the recent Easom Outreach Foundation parade.

“Chris put in a lot of time on his team’s kart,” added Grice of the entry set to have the signatures of cancer survivors on it.

Kelley also added bicycle tires to the front and back of the kart.

“Since we are racing, I wanted to build it for speed,” he said with a smile.

Remaining members of Think Pink include Janice Kelley, Arrianna Kelley, JonDarius Warren, Teosha Boyd, Landon Ragin and Sir DeBose. Warren is expected to be the driver on race day.

“We want to get the bragging rights for a year,” said Kelley of the attempt to claim first place.

“These kids are so competitive,” added Grice. “All they have been talking about is who is going to win.”

The response has changed since the first time Grice pitched the idea.

“They whined and said there was no way they could do it,” said the unit director. “Now the project has taken over the summer for them.”

A parade will begin the race day. Staff members will then try their hand with the karts before the actual race takes place against members of the Iuka Unit.

The go-karts are not self-propelled and will need the other four team members to push. The steering will be done by using the drivers feet to rotate the front axle.

Hot dogs and hamburgers along with icy treats are slated to be served during the day of racing.
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