The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR event is all set to kick off later this week at the Texas Motor Speedway. But aside from the race, another highlight of this year's event is the importance of adoption.
For the event, which is sponsored by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's Duck Commander company, reality TV stars and real-life husband and wife Willie and Korrie will attend to talk about how adoption changed theirs and their family's lives.
Fans of the show are well aware that adoption plays a key role in the Robertson family. Aside from Willie and Korrie, Jep Robertson and his wife Jessica also have an adopted son of their own, according to CNS News.
This is why for this year's event, which will happen on April 9, the Robertson clan wants to spread awareness about how other families will be able to help others through adoption.
"Last year at the Duck Commander 500 - in between the hectic rush of press conferences, riding in pace cars, and announcing, 'Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines' - Willie and I walked into a quiet, little room and our lives were changed forever when we met the 12-year-old boy [named Rowdy] who would soon become ours," Korie said in a statement.
"It is in honor of that special meeting and the millions of children around the world who are still waiting to find a family to call their own that we have decided to dedicate this race to the cause of adoption," she added.
Aside from the racing event, Willie and Korrie will also unveil a new foundation called Drive Adoption. Established through a partnership with NASCAR, the foundation aims to raise awareness about adoption. Its target is to find a family for every child.
"Until it gets to be the number zero that children are looking for homes, we're going to continue to talk about it," Korie said according to Star Telegram. "The sad fact is a lot of kids will turn 18 and never have a family. They'll go out to the world without ever having the love of a mom and dad."
"We want to make sure that we fix that problem but also create awareness," she added.
Currently, Korrie and Willie have six children and three of them are adopted.