Congrats to Ryan Dungey for his first win in Indianapolis this weekend — Red Bull KTM moves up to a tie in the Jackpot Challenge team points standing. One more month of fundraising remains for the Jackpot Challenge. And individual competition for the Jackpot Challenge is being led by long time participant Dakota Yaskow with $1885 CDN as of Sunday, March 2.
Jackpot Challenge Team Standings
February 24, 2014 – 11:35 am
The race to win the Jackpot Challenge continues until April 3, 2014 so there is still time for you to jump to help your favorite team/riders win the Jackpot Challenge (and win some great prizes yourself while helping a great cause!) To learn more, to the Jackpot Challenge page or sign up.
February 16, 2014 – 12:28 pm
We are excited about all that Ellie Reed is doing to help MX for Children as our new spokeswoman. Check out this clip of what she said about our work at A2. And then sign up for the Jackpot Challenge.
January 28, 2014 – 5:00 am
Top Monster Energy Supercross Teams Line Up for North American Children’s Hospitals Fundraising
With a packed line-up of Monster Energy Supercross teams for MX for Children’s 2014 Jackpot Challenge, we are pleased to drop the gate for this year’s team competition! Great support from the following teams/riders affords a tremendous opportunity for Supercross fans in Canada and the United States to participate in the Jackpot Challenge and raise funds for children’s hospitals and earn great incentive prizes.
• BTO Sports Racing KTM – Andrew Short, Matt Goerke
• Geico Racing Honda – Zach Bell, Matt Bisceglia, Justin Bogle, Wil Hahn, Zach Osborne, Eli Tomac
• Monster Energy Kawasaki – Ryan Villopoto, Jake Weimer
• MotoConcepts – Mike Alessi
• Muscle Milk Honda – Justin Barcia, Trey Canard
• Pro Circuit Kawasaki – Blake Baggett, Adam Cianciarulo, Martin Davalos, Darryn Durham, Justin, Hill, Dean Wilson
• Red Bull KTM – Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Dean Ferris
• Rockstar Energy Racing – Davi Millsaps, Ivan Tedesco, Jason Anderson and Joey Savatgy
• Troy Lee Designs Honda – Cole Seely, Malcolm Stewart, Jessy Nelson, Shane McElrath
• TwoTwo Motorsports – Chad Reed
• Yoshimura Racing Suzuki – James Stewart
The Jackpot Challenge raises funds for brain research at the following children’s hospitals: Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Houston’s Texas Children’s, Nashville’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s, Seattle Children’s, St. Louis Children’s, Toronto’s SickKids and Vancouver’s BC Children’s Hospital. The funds go to support the hospitals’ research to improve the brain condition hydrocephalus – the #1 cause of brain surgery for children.
“I was proud that Chad and TwoTwo Motorsports won this award last year,” said Ellie Reed, the official spokesperson of MX for Children. “Having had a neurological scare of our own with our daughter, I can say that the research supported by this fundraiser is not only very impactful on kids’ lives but also their families who without help from MX for Children wouldn’t be able to help their kids.”
Jackpot Challenge participants also can root for one of their favorite Jackpot Challenge teams. The Jackpot Challenge teams are Supercross race teams that support the MX for Children cause by donating their time at MX for Children events. The funds raised by individual fundraisers are also credited to the team they select. MX for Children awards the Jackpot Challenge Team award with the highest total fundraising for the season. Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports won the Jackpot Challenge Team award in 2013. Finally, fundraisers who exceed $500 in 2014 will qualify for the Inside Line Experience – offered in Toronto, St. Louis, Houston and Seattle. Go to our Jackpot Challenge site to sign up!“It is really great to be working with such a wonderful organization like MX for Children again,” explained Trey Canard of the Muscle Milk Honda team. “It is opportunities like this that really allow us riders to give back and have a certain voice that not many people get to have. I think if what we do can bring light into a child’s world that makes it all worth it. It is so gratifying to be able to visit the hospitals sometimes and to donate simple things like gear to help raise money for such a great cause. I look forward to working with everyone again this year and for many years to come.”
January 19, 2014 – 1:59 pm
For the last few year’s, MX for Children has considered seeking out an industry spokesperson to help promote our cause. After some positive encouragement from Ellie Reed (@mrstwotwo) after Las Vegas last year, we asked Ellie if she would consider being our spokesperson and she agreed. She tweeted this pic here at A2 interviewing with our long time partner Denny Hartwig of Feld Motorsports for an upcoming testimonial video.
We are thrilled to have Ellie on board helping us encourage kids to fundraise for sick kids and to encourage the Supercross riders and industry help the cause. Stay tuned for more info about Ellie’s involvement. And congratulations to her husband Chad and the entire Discount Tire Racing / TwoTwo Motorsports team for their first win of the season last night in Anaheim! Good karma all the way around!
January 13, 2014 – 10:42 am
MX for Children and Feld Motorsports announced the Supercross Dream Room Makeover — a new program being piloted in conjunction with Seattle Supercross — to put a smile on the face of a chronically ill child. MX for Children is taking nominations for kids that are fans of Supercross and suffer from a chronic illness to get a complete bedroom makeover themed in Monster Energy Supercross. We are also seeking volunteers with experience in painting, carpentry, electrical work and upholstery to help make the room makeover happen. You can read the press release or visit our Supercross Dream Room Makeover page for more details.
December 23, 2013 – 2:07 am
MX for Children is substantially re-working its Inside Line Experience and Jackpot Challenge fundraising incentives to enable broader participation and clarity of the rules for achieving awards.
|Fundraising Tiers||Incentive Prize|
|$25 – $49||MX for Children Sticker|
|$50 – $99||MX for Children Hat|
|$100 – $249||MX for Children T-Shirt|
|$250 – $499||MX for Children Jersey|
|$500 – $999||Inside Line Experience|
|$1000 – $2499||$100 gift card to Motorcycle Superstore|
|$2500 – $4999||Autographed race jersey by top racer|
|$5000 and up||VIP trip for TWO to Las Vegas Supercross finale|
The MX for Children annual campaigns – the Inside Line Experience and the Jackpot Challenge — are being consolidated into a single North American fundraiser under the brand the Jackpot Challenge. The Jackpot Challenge is a Supercross centric fundraiser that raises funds for targeted children’s hospitals that are conducting groundbreaking research into the brain condition hydrocephalus. Fundraisers are provided with a generous set of incentives to raise money for the cause. Fundraisers that exceed $500 in a given year will qualify for a unique opportunity – the Inside Line Experience – offered in Toronto, St. Louis, Houston and Seattle. Additional incentives and experiences are offered to fundraisers who greatly exceed this bar. (See above table)
Jackpot Challenge participants can join one of their favorite Jackpot Challenge Teams. The Jackpot Challenge Teams are Supercross race teams that support the MX for Children cause by donating their time at MX for Children events. The funds raised by individual fundraisers are also credited to the team they select. MX for Children awards the Jackpot Challenge Team award with the highest total fundraising for the season. TwoTwo Motorsports one the Jackpot Challenge Team award in 2013.
To sign up for the Jackpot Challenge, go to http://mxforchildren.kintera.org/2014.
September 29, 2013 – 11:20 pm
MX for Children was recently contacted with the sad story of loss of a young man from Oregon named Marcus Storm. He died in a tragic accident with his truck on September 4, 2013. His girlfriend reached out to us because Marcus loved motocross and she found our charity and wanted donations made to our cause in his honor. Several people have followed the family’s wishes so that Marcus would be remembered in conjunction with the sport that he loved.
We offer the deepest condolences to the Storm family and friends at this time of loss. You can read his obituary in the Del Norte Triplicate.
September 24, 2013 – 5:00 am
MX for Children is pleased to announce Helmets for Hydro and More!, our 4th auction benefiting hydrocephalus research at leading Children’s Hospitals including: Toronto’s SickKids, Seattle Children’s, Utah’s Primary Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, St. Louis Children’s, Pittsburgh Children’s and Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital. The auction begins on Sept. 24 on eBay.
Supercross stars such as Chad Reed, Ashley Fiolek, Trey Canard, Kevin Windham, and PGA Golf Tour Professional Rickie Fowler have personally signed and donated helmets and other sporting memorabilia for this auction helping to continue to raise funds for hydrocephalus research — the #1 cause of brain surgery in children which affects one million people in the United States.
“I have worked with MX for Children for multiple seasons and it has been a pleasure meeting the fans each year who raise money for such a great cause” said Trey Canard, Team Honda Muscle Milk Factory Rider. “I am happy that I am able to continue contributing to their organization by donating some of my gear for their Auction.”
May 2, 2013 – 9:00 am
Inside Line Experience — a backstage pass to Supercross — in their local city. But some go on to compete for the Jackpot Challenge prizes for which the top award is a VIP trip for two to Las Vegas to get the Inside Line Experience at the Supercross finale. This year MX for Children recognized two efforts for the top prize — repeat winner Koen McLeod with the help of his sister Raea and Langdon Orgill. Both Koen and Langdon raised more than $3000 (Koen and Raea raised $3900!) for their local hospitals research efforts. Koen and his sister raised money at their local track and even went door to door for months to win the prize. Second place prize, a $500 gift card provided by our generous website sponsor — the Motorcycle Superstore — went to Michael Redenbaugh who raised more than $2100 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. We are told that Michael has his eye on a black Shoei helmet but we don’t have a pic of him in it yet! Third place prize, an Xbox 360, went to long time MX for Children support Dakota Yaskow from Ontario. Dakota already had an Xbox and decided to donate his to a family in need. That is the spirit Dakota!MX for Children and Feld Motorsports announced today that Chad Reed and Team TwoTwo Motorsports won the inaugural Jackpot Challenge for Teams. Chad’s team used social meeting to help recruit fundraisers to the Jackpot Challenge — a North American fundraising drive that support groundbreaking research at children’s hospitals. Broad participation from teams and riders helped MX for Children raise more than $30,000 for research at children’s hospitals in several Supercross stops including Houston, Salt Lake City, Seattle, St. Louis and Toronto. TwoTwo Motorsports fundraisers garnered nearly $12,000 for the cause. Team Monster Energy Kawasaki came in second with nearly $5,000 from their fundraisers. The podium was rounded out by Rockstar Energy Racing with more than $2,500 raised in support of the cause. MX for Children thanks all of the teams that participated including BTO Sports – KTM, Honda Muscle Milk and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Chad Reed will be given the Jackpot Challenge Team Award on the mainstage in Las Vegas this weekend. While the increased support from the teams and riders is great, the real horsepower behind MX for Children fundraisers are the kids who go out and raise money door to door to support their local hospital. If they raise a minimum of $500, they are treated to the
Thanks to ALL of the fundraisers and industry participants who have helped us keep this program growing and supporting critical research at children’s hospitals around the country. The funds raised support research into improving treatments and outcomes for hydrocephalus — the #1 cause of brain surgery in kids.