Indy League Racing's First Official Wall Calendar Due Out for 2009

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Proceeds from the Calendar to Benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

Wanting to help raise funds for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, United Medical Providers (UMP, Inc), a long-time sponsor of the Foundation, has produced a twelve month photographic wall calendar with proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefiting the Foundation.

The "Day at the Races" calendar is available for 2009, and will feature vivid, heart-racing track images sure to excite Indy Racing League® fans every day of the year. The calendar, available online, will also include the 2009 IndyCar Series® and Firestone Indy Lights™ schedule. UMP is distributing the calendars and bulk quantities are available for gift giving.

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation was started by Indy Racing League® driver, Sam Schmidt, whose life was forever changed by a practice-run crash that left him with a devastating spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the chest down. Schmidt has taken the passion and commitment that made him one of America's top race car drivers and has focused on creating a broader awareness of spinal cord injuries.

About The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation:
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) was started in 2000 by Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances, benefiting stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In addition to initiating local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of those disabled, SSPF funds various quality of life grants to national organizations, provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and funds the national Day at the Races program. For more information, visit http://www.samschmidt.org.

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