Last December, NASCAR awarded the first Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Robert Weaver of Talladega, Alabama. The award, named for NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France’s mother, Betty, is given to an individual who shows “extraordinary charity and kindness of spirit in working for kids in need.”
Robert Weaver has embodied the spirit of the award for the past 50+ years as a dedicated volunteer for Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Even at the age of 83, he still contributes 30 hours a week to the organization. He has done everything from organizing fundraisers to starting sports teams, but he is best known for his role as “Ice Cream Man,” serving ice cream to deaf and blind children.
In the news recently thanks to a profile on HLN, Weaver’s award won him a trip to Vegas, a brand-new car, and $100,000 for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. However, as Weaver says in this video, he takes the most satisfaction in his “payment” for volunteering: “I get my check direct deposit to my heart.”
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