Mar 8, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT
Nationwide Series competitor Daryl Harr has become the first NASCAR driver to get involved in a major anti-bullying campaign.
Harr will work with former NFL kicker Nick Lowery to speak out against bullying, and it appears that a program targeted around NASCAR events will be taking shape.
“We know that clinical psychologists agree that part of the reason that the tragedy at Columbine and other school shootings has happened has sometimes been preceded by a toxic environment where the varsity athletes were the only ‘cool’ ones in school and sometimes made others feel unimportant and damaged their sense of value,” Harr said in a press release.
“Nick and I want to help varsity athletes all over NASCAR Country stand up for the marginalized kids in the shadows of schools. That’s what Nick and I will be doing in schools in NASCAR communities.”
Lowery enjoyed a 19-year-career playing for the Patriots, Jets, and Chiefs; in fact, he is still the all-time leading scorer in the Chiefs’ history. But he has also distinguished himself off the field as well.
In addition to holding a graduate degree from Harvard, Lowery played a role in launching Americorps for former President Bill Clinton and The Points of Light Foundation for former President George H.W. Bush. He also received the NFL’s top humanitarian award, the Justice Byron “Whizzer” White Award, in 1993.
His Nick Lowery Youth Foundation has created multiple youth leadership programs and puts an emphasis on getting varsity athletes across the country to do their part in breaking the culture of bullying.