RANDLEMAN, N.C. (WAVY) — A new, indoor archery facility opened on Monday at a children’s camp in North Carolina, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the Smithfield Foundation.
The Smithfield Foods Archery Center is at Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
The center replaced a former outdoor facility at the camp that was subject to flooding and unavailable to use during rainy weather, according to a press release.
Victory Junction was created in memory of fourth-generation race car driver, Adam Petty. He passed away in a racing accident in 2000 and the Petty family decided to carry out his dream of helping children with serious medical conditions by opening the camp in 2004.
NASCAR Legend and Victory Junction Board Member Richard Petty helped cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the new facility.
“For nearly 15 years, Victory Junction has been the embodiment of everything Adam dreamed of in a camp to serve children with challenging medical conditions,” said Petty via press release. “I know Adam would be proud and gratified to see what Victory Junction has become and to see the indoor archery facility that we celebrate today.”
Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, said, “Thanks to the vision and compassion of the Petty Family, Victory Junction is changing lives and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”