My dream is to attend a race and meet my NASCAR heroes!
Meet Nicholas, our first Dream Kid! Nicholas Batley, from Mooresville, NC, was our first Dream On 3 recipient. Nicholas, who was 14 at the time of his experience, lives with a medical condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is a higher functioning form of Autism, but still affects the daily life.
In order for us to get to know Nicholas, to learn more about him, and his dreams, we submitted a list of questions for him to answer. Some of the questions included were personal yet generalized like what he wants to be when he grows up, his favorite color, to his favorite food and tv show. While other questions were more in depth about what his dreams are and why. He didn’t hesitate for a second to answer any questions pertaining to his sports dream.
Nicholas is a huge fan of NASCAR, and of driver #24 Jeff Gordon. He also loves baseball and Derek Jeter. Having such a strong passion for sports has stirred his heart to be involved in a way he feels comfortable and enjoys, sports commentating! He said he would love to grow up and be a sports commentator like Darrell Waltrip at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On May 26th 2013, during the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR Race, Nicholas’s dreams came true. It was a long day full of surprises and emotion. The Dream Team went to the home of Nicholas and his family. A limousine with a police escort came to pick them up. Once they arrived at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Nicholas’s heart leapt with joy and his eyes sparkled with excitement. He saw “The King” pass by as he walked behind the scenes in pit row. He ventured first to see his icon Darrell Waltrip, where he received signed memorabilia and a “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, exchange between the two. He was able to be a part of the driver’s meeting, where he met the governor of NC, some race car drivers, and Willie from Duck Dynasty. He was able to walk along pit crew and high five all the drivers as they approached their cars. The highlight for Nicholas was when he high-fived his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon! Nicholas and his family were then able to enjoy the race in the Sprint Suite Box, along with plenty of goodies to eat and drink.
From the Dream On 3 management team and Board of Directors, we want to sincerely thank all of our business partners, individual supporters of the DO3 mission, and our wonderful volunteers! Without you, making dreams come true for kids like Nicholas would not be possible. Thank you for your prayers, your financial support, and your encouragement.
The companies shown below played a significant role in helping Dream On 3 fulfill it’s first dream experience. There are several other organizations and individuals, which contributed to the first dream, that we would like to acknowledge and thank as well: Van Colley & Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cabarrus County Sherrif’s Dept., All Points Trucking