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New Off-Road Motorsports Youth Foundation Launched
December 6, 2019
The Off-Road Motorsports Youth Foundation (OMYF), based in Indiana, will provide unique, hands-on opportunities in motorsports. The nonprofit resulted from an individual’s dream to build a desert racing team that gives back to the community.
New Off-Road Motorsports Youth Foundation Launched

A new nonprofit organization, Off-Road Motorsports Youth Foundation (OMYF), has been formed to provide young people with unique hands-on opportunities in motorsports. OMYF, based in Evansville, Indiana, resulted from an individual’s dream to build a desert racing team that gives back to the community.

Preston Lewis—who is passionate about racing and was diagnosed with Leukemia in high school—helped create OMYF for kids connect to the motorsports industry and pursue their dreams with help from Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.  

“Preston is an inspiring young man who is using his wish as a platform to inspire, engage and help others,” Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana Chief Advancement Officer and Wish Dad John Carreon said. “We can’t wait to see all the amazing things Preston will do through his nonprofit. We’re so grateful to our community partners like EXTEND GROUP who have helped make his wish a reality.”

Interested children can gain real-life experience working on the OMYF Class 7100 Unlimited Trophy Truck. There will also be the opportunity to pursue other aspects of the sport, including race management, repairs, design and development of new parts, and more.

For part manufacturers, OMYF will become a valuable asset as well as it will give them the opportunity to imprint their brand on potential lifelong customers and future employees.

“The whole goal for the foundation is to be able to give kids the golden ticket, as I call it,” said Lewis. “If we can just give them one trait or one piece of advice that they can carry for the rest of their life and go somewhere great with it, whatever it is, that’s the best possible outcome we can have.”

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana connected Lewis to Michael Davis of VPS Architecture and Shawn Collins of EXTEND GROUP to help him launch his own 501(c)(3) and build a brand for the organization.

OMYF, which will have a booth at the 2019 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, will also host a press conference to announce the launch of the new organization. It will take place 11:30 a.m. - 12 pm in the Press Conference Center across the hall from the Media Center in the Green Hall of the Indiana Convention Center. Visit Booth #9511 in the Green Hall for more information on the organization.

To help make OMYF a reality, the team needs the community’s support and donations. When asked what the one thing he needs most to make OMYF happen, Lewis stressed the value of knowledge and time, according to an organization release. Any advice, industry insight, or a connection to someone that can aid the cause will help the team tremendously. Contact Preston Lewis at preston.lewis@omy-foundation.org.