KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - The family of the late Dale Earnhardt was honored Tuesday in Kannapolis for something that the NASCAR legend did twenty years ago.
In 1994, Earnhardt donated the proceeds from the 1993 Dale Earnhardt Day in Kannapolis to start the Kannapolis Education Foundation.
It amounted to $30,000.
Since then the foundation has been able to donate more than $600,000 to help students and staff in Kannapolis City Schools.
The money has paid for things such as iPads, computers, books, and library and science equipment.
Tuesday morning Earnhardt's mother, his son Kerry, his daughter Kelley and other family members were honored for Dale Sr's contribution.
"Education didn't mean very much to my dad when he was in school," Kelley Earnhardt told the audience.
"He chose to leave school fairly early in his education career, however, that experience made him appreciate education much more as an adult. He was very adamant that his children went to school, finished school, went to college."
The family also helped out the foundation, again, on Tuesday when Kelley Earnhardt announced a $5,000 donation from the Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Foundation.