Andy Hoffman Wins Humanitarian Award, $100,000 for Team Jack Foundation

Andy Hoffman Wins Humanitarian Award, $100,000 for Team Jack Foundation

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Omaha World Herald - By Maggie O'Brien / World-Herald staff writer

Jack Hoffman’s father, Andy Hoffman, has won a national humanitarian award and $100,000 for the Team Jack Foundation.

The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award recognizes people dedicated to children’s causes. Hoffman received the award Tuesday for his efforts to fight childhood brain cancer.

“Receiving this award is truly a reflection of all of those amazing people that helped support the Team Jack Foundation since day one. Winning this award, literally, could be the difference between life or death for a child,” Hoffman said in a statement.

He said the money will be used to help fund a research project for pediatric brain cancer.

He was one of four finalists nominated for their service to their communities. People were asked to vote for a winner online.

More than 87,000 people voted.

NASCAR Foundation spokeswoman Nichole Krieger declined to disclose how many votes Hoffman received to snag the win but said, “The Husker nation was definitely out in support of him.”

Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, created the Team Jack Foundation in 2011 after their son Jack was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. Jack celebrated his 11th birthday on Monday. He is still battling the disease.

The Atkinson, Nebraska, youngster became famous for his 69-yard touchdown run during Nebraska’s Red-White scrimmage in April 2013.