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Darrell Gwynn
Quality of Life Chapter

About the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter

The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter was established in 2015, and is led by Director, Darrell Gwynn.

As a world champion drag racer in the 1980’s, Gwynn was at the top of his game and chose to donate a portion of his winnings to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.  He felt so strongly about Marc Buoniconti’s struggle to find a cure for paralysis, and the plight of those suffering from paralyzing spinal cord injuries, that he personally placed the iconic Miami Project wheelchair logo in a prime location on his race car to show his support.

In April 1990, his life changed dramatically after a devastating racing accident which caused his paralysis.  Following his accident, he established the Darrell Gwynn Foundation which provided support for people with paralysis and worked to prevent spinal cord injuries through their Wheelchair Donation Program and Education & Prevention Program.  In 2015, he felt that it was time to “go home” and the Chapter was established with The Buoniconti Fund. The Chapter and Hall of Fame drag racer Darrell Gwynn continues quality of life initiatives, and assists The Buoniconti Fund in their role to raise funds and awareness to support The Miami Project.

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HOT RODS & REELS Charity Fishing Tournament

The HOT RODS & REELS Charity Fishing Tournament is a truly one-of-a-kind event that pairs NASCAR drivers with philanthropic supporters, executives, and racing fans for an exciting day of fishing during the Ford Ecoboost Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This unique tournament benefits The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and takes place in the infield lake at both tracks in Florida.

NASCAR drivers team with NHRA Hall of Fame former drag racer Darrell Gwynn to raise awareness of spinal cord injury research and people living with paralysis. The event host and benefiting charity is a fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.