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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Joey Logano will join executives from the Kentucky Speedway, along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher, and other partner guests to break ground on a new activity center in the city’s Portland Park. Logano’s visit comes three weeks ahead of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400 at the Sparta, K.Y. speedway.

Logano, a 19-time winner at NASCAR’s top-level, tasked the Kentucky Speedway to identify a community in-need where a positive impact could be made during his stop to promote the Quaker State 400. Through the process, Portland Park was selected, and with financial support from the Joey Logano Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Shell Oil Company, PNC Bank, Louisville Parks and Recreation and GameTime Playgrounds, Logano’s desire for community improvement moved closer to a reality.

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“When I heard about the Kentucky trip to promote the Quaker State 400, I knew I wanted to do something more than just make media appearances,” said Logano. “I’ve been a firm believer that as a NASCAR driver and as a sport, we have an amazing platform to make positive impacts for individuals and communities across the country. I’m thankful that through the fans who support the Joey Logano Foundation, Shell Oil Company and Coca-Cola who support the foundation in addition to our racing efforts.“

“We’ve been able to have a few special memories through our foundation at Kentucky Speedway in the past.  In 2016, we hosted Ashleigh Hunt, who’d been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and her family at the track. Despite battling against a painful cancer, Ashleigh never quit smiling. She had such a positive impact on everyone she met and left a lasting impression everywhere she went. Unfortunately, we lost Ashleigh earlier this year, but her memory will live on at Portland Park as we’re dedicating the center to her memory.”

The activity center will be a STEM based system, incorporating the elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout the playground. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 12 noon ET at Portland Park on Tuesday, June 19th. The project is scheduled to be completed the week of the Quaker State 400 weekend at Kentucky Speedway. A separate ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to officially open the new activity center.

About the Joey Logano Foundation:

Founded in 2013, The Joey Logano Foundation invests in organizations offering second chances to children and young adults during times of crisis and works to inspire others to live a life of generosity. Through grant making, charity events, and fan club participation The Joey Logano Foundation continues to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults in need across the country. To learn more visit: www.joeyloganofoundation.com.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com