A certain champion-to-be fired off a now-famous tweet during the 2012 Daytona 500, but long before @keselowski, there was @dennyhamlin. Since he’s still active and engaged on Twitter, we figured the most natural way to conduct an interview with the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry (circa 2013) was through the use of 140-character questions and answers.
On a more serious note — certainly one that demands more than a 140-character response — Hamlin plays host to the annual Celebrity Pro-Am Jam, a golf tournament that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis.
In association with Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, the 2013 Celebrity Pro-Am Jam is a two-day event that will be hosted next fall in Charleston, S.C., and will feature a concert and celebrity golf event with proceeds going to benefit three charitable foundations focused on children and education, including the MUSC Children’s Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis research on behalf of The Denny Hamlin Foundation.
Denny, tell us about who will be playing in the Celebrity Pro-Am Jam this year and the musical guests that link the stage to the track.
“It’s too soon to tell who will join us this fall, but all our celebrities and musicians this past event said they can’t wait to come back. We had Darrell and Michael Waltrip, Coach Joe Gibbs, Johnny Damon, Rick Barry, Grant Fuhr, Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and actor Ed Marinaro representing the sports side. Mark’s musical friends included Edwin McCain, country legend Johnny Lee, Collective Soul’s Ed Roland, Elise Testone (formerly of American Idol) and 14-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski.”
How can fans sign up to attend the event this year?
The Denny Hamlin Foundation focuses on the needs of children with cystic fibrosis. What drew you to this special need?
“My cousin Kevin Jones is the reason I’m so passionate about finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and the reason we started the Denny Hamlin Foundation. It’s committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis.”
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