San Antonio, TX – MotoUP, Inc. is a non-profit charity incubator that fundraises on behalf of veteran organizations in need. Team MotoUP hosts a VIP Experience Charity Event once a year during the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. The all-volunteer team is in its third year of giving back to the veteran community.
“We are a team of passionate folks who are doing something unique by marrying our love of motorsports with the chance to pay it forward for those who have and continue to sacrifice so much for our freedoms,” explained Juan Toves, President of MotoUP. Within that construct, MotoUP has also partnered with the Roadracing World Action Fund to bring awareness to the importance of enhancing rider safety at United States circuits through educational programs and by buying and deploying soft barriers.
MotoUP is committed to curating an elevated experience with a purpose. Each beneficiary goes through a rigorous due diligence and background check before they are chosen. For example, Team MotoUP looks at how a nonprofit is assisting combat wounded veterans through motorsports therapy and their good standing in the community. In 2019, the team hosted a 40-person suite and raised $13,000. Last year, they were able to host a 120-person suite and raised $40,000. All MotoUP volunteers and members of the MotoUP Board of Directors pay for their entry into the suite because they all know how important it is to get help to our veterans, and 100% of all proceeds go to our beneficiary organizations.
The primary 2022 beneficiary is Motorcycle Missions, an Austin-based nonprofit with a national reach. Motorcycle Missions focuses on the post-traumatic stress disorder paradigm and encourages participants to develop a life-long passion for riding and building motorcycles that will help them enjoy a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle after trauma. Motorcycle Missions allows the veterans to build and ride motorcycles, giving them the camaraderie that veterans outside of the military often miss when they leave the service.
The weekend is jam-packed with in-suite demos, special guests, panel discussions and a whole lot of racing action. MotoUP is also pleased to work with the Roadracing World Action Fund (RWAF) again this year. With MotoAmerica back in the paddock at Circuit of The Americas, we are excited to learn more about Airfence and Alpina-brand inflated soft barriers paid for by the RWAF and to see them in action. “Improving rider safety is what we do,” said John Ulrich, RWAF founder and President.
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