Kyle Petty Charity Ride rides through Deadwood

Many professional athletes do a great job of sharing their good fortune with those less fortunate, but nothing says you can't have a little fun in the process.
And as Taylor Kauffman shows us, sometimes that means trading in your usual four-wheeled profession for an adventure on two.

Kyle Petty

Around 4 o'clock today, former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty rolled into the city of Deadwood.

Mayor says, 'We are very very pleased to have him here. It's a privilege for us.'
and he brought about 200 friends.

Kyle says, 'To come down Main Street, and then circle around and come back in, that was truly special for all the riders.'

This stop in Deadwood is part of the 23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

Doug says, 'We've run into every kind of weather. The first two or three days was mostly rain. Today we ran into heavy snow and rain.'
Kyle says, 'When they ride and it's cold, and it's wet, and it's raining that they've got big hearts, and warm hearts and that should keep them warm. They're doing a lot of good for a lot of kids.'

This annual ride raises money for children's charities... one, that he started after tragedy struck his own family.

Kyle says, 'Victory Junction is a camp that we started. My oldest son, Adam was killed in a racing accident.'

Adam Petty was 19-years-old when he passed away, and his passion for bringing happiness to sick children is what inspired his father to start Victory Junction in 2004.

Chad says, 'Their participation enables kids to experience a lot of things for the very first time at camp, and it's truly making a difference in their lives.'
Kyle says, 'These kids have chronic and life-threatening illnesses. They can't go to regular camps. This is one of the few camps in the United States they can go to.'
Chad says, 'This ride means a lot to us at Victory Junction, because this is our number one donor over our 14-year history.'

And for those who have participated in this 'ride across America...'
Doug says, 'Yeah, it's uh - it's really, it's pretty - it hits your heart. So, it's been cool.'
It's something they'll never forget.
Herschel says, 'This is one of the best things I've ever done in my life.'

Herschel says, 'I played pro football for 15 years, but there's people on this ride that I keep more in touch with on this ride than I did when I was playing football. And football was very special to me.'

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride is something truly special for a lot of people, and will undoubtedly continue to change lives

Doug says, 'This is probably not a once-in-a-lifetime, this is a first time.'
Herschel says, 'The Petty family, there's a story in Heaven for them.'

In Deadwood, for Black Hills Fox Sports, I'm Taylor Kauffman.

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride will end in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday. If you want to make a donation to the ride you can go online to Kyle Petty Charity Ride.com

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