Many times when I see a teenager I immediately think to myself, "If this is the future of our country, I’m retiring in Cameroon." And when I’m actually forced to have a conversation with one, I often suddenly understand why some gerbils eat their young.
But then, you meet teens like Sloan Urry, and you can’t help but think, perhaps things aren’t quite so grim.
Sloan, who has only had his driver’s license for two years, is already fast on his way to becoming a force to be reckoned with on the race-car track. And while racing cars is his passion, he’s equally excited about promoting one of Park City’s most beloved charities every time he gets behind the wheel.
"The National Ability Center is an awesome organization and I knew from the start I wanted to help them out while doing what I love," he said.
And so Sloan and his dad, Steve Urry, hatched a plan to do just that. First, they donated a VIP race weekend to a National Ability Center fundraiser, which brought in nearly $5,000. And then Sloan came up with an idea to help further the financial support of his favorite nonprofit.
"People can fill out pledge cards for amounts they’re willing to donate based on my performance on the track," he explains. "Every time I perform well, 100 percent of what has been pledged goes to the National Ability Center."
Sloan says the pledge-card plan has been a great way to engage friends and family as well as expose race fans to the National Ability Center and its mission. He’s even painted his Porsche race car all over with the charity’s logo instead of looking for corporate sponsors to bedazzle the hood.
According to Sloan’s dad Steve, that decision was definitely a ‘proud papa’ moment. "It certainly put a big smile on my face when Sloan was designing his car and emailed me the design with the National Ability Center logo all over his car. He’s always had a big heart. I’m very proud of him for making the commitment to racing and to giving back," says Steve.
And, Steve says, he’s not at all surprised by his son’s career choice, or charitable ambitions.
"Ever since he was a kid, he loved anything with a motor, and he was always the kid who wanted to go fast. He’s always been an adrenaline junkie. ‘Slow’ just wasn’t a word he understood."
And the leap from racing cars to raising money seemed only logical considering Sloan’s upbringing. "He grew up in a philanthropic family. I knew the minute he was hooked on racing it would always be for something other than winning money. Giving back to his community would also play a big role in this endeavor."
And despite watching his kid zip through a racetrack at 165 miles per hour, Steve says he’s never worried. "Those cars are built for safety. And honestly, after watching him ski, I definitely feel better about him being in a race car. He’s much safer," he joked.
Sloan, who currently competes in the Pirelli Drivers Cup series, will spend his summer racing all over the West, raising awareness and money for the National Ability Center. From there, he has tentative plans to pursue his racing career in Europe, but he says he’ll always give back to his community.
As his dad puts it: "Giving back is part of who he is, but I’m most proud that it’s who he as become."
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