Nearly 500 Indiana military, veteran and first responder representatives will experience a date to remember this May attending the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. A program of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, Date Night Out emphasizes the need for our country’s service couples to prioritize time focusing on each other and finding time for fun. The foundation has partnered with PIRTEK Team Murray to offer the Indy Date Night Out experiences. PIRTEK Team Murray will field rookie driver, Matt Brabham, in the 100th running of the race.
The foundation launched its Date Night Out programming in April bringing military, veteran and first responder couples to the Chris Kyle Birthday Bash in Dallas, Texas. “Seeing these couples together – having fun and connecting – is what this foundation is all about,” said Taya Kyle, executive director, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. “I’m thrilled to be bringing our Date Night Out programming to Indianapolis and the historic 100th Indianapolis 500. Through the foundation’s association with PIRTEK Team Murray, these military and first responder couples will get a first-hand experience of what it is like to be in the inner sanctum of a professional racing team. I’m excited that we can be celebrating these marriages with our partners on this stage.”
As part of their date, the couples will have one of the most comprehensive interactive experiences ever offered by a team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Couples will receive prime Grand Stand seating in addition to a VIP hospitality experience that includes guided tours of the PIRTEK Team Murray garage area, along with the opportunity to meet Brabham and Kyle.
The foundation selected the following state and local organizations to be a part of the Indy Date Night Out program: Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis EMS, Indianapolis Fire Department, and, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. These organizations will be recruiting married service couples for the date experiences.
“Our firefighters, many of whom also served or still serve in the military, understand first-hand the complexities of maintaining a solid family relationship when serving the public can occupy much of their emotional bucket,” said Battalion Chief Rita Reith, Indianapolis Fire Department. “We truly believe that taking care of ourselves and our families first will make us better firefighters at work and better equipped to handle the daily pressure and stress that comes with the job. These ‘dates’ will offer our firefighters and their spouses a few hours to reconnect, have fun and enjoy our storied Indy 500.”
Battalion Chief Reith will form part of the CK (Chris Kyle) Crew – a rookie pit crew made up of veterans and first responders. The Crew Members, selected by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will come together from around the country in the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 and train to become a fully-fledged pit crew. On Miller Lite Carb Day – Friday, May 27 – the CK Crew will be PIRTEK Team Murray’s entry into the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge up against the professional crews of the Verizon IndyCar Series and televised around the nation on NBC Sports Network.
About The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, http://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to honoring God, Country and families who serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families. Founded and led by Taya Kyle, Chris’s wife, the foundation is entrusted to shepherd a community where the successes and struggles of these families can be shared. Its programs and partners reflect the service excellence that these individuals and families provide in service to their communities and country.
About PIRTEK Team Murray
PIRTEK Team Murray – https://www.teammurray.com.au – will field 22-year-old rookie driver, Matt Brabham in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500. It is an Australian-American collaboration between team owner, Australian motorsport entrepreneur, Brett Murray and the US-arm of international hydraulic and industrial hose franchise, PIRTEK – which was founded in Australia in 1980. PIRTEK Team Murray has partnered with 2013 Indy 500 Champions, KV Racing Technology to engineer the car.