The Southern Indiana Dirt Drag Race on Saturday, June 12 is an ideal chance for local race fans
to get their racing fix in while supporting a special cause.
Caleb’s Cause is a fund set up at the Decatur County Community Foundation in memory of
Caleb Brown, a local Special Olympian and huge racing fan.
Caleb was a loving son, a dedicated brother, an avid NASCAR fan, and a PlayStation enthusiast.
He was also an excellent basketball player and bowler, and was named Athlete of the Year by his
peers playing for Decatur County’s Special Olympics.
When Caleb passed away unexpectedly in March, 2018, he left behind many friends, family
members, and teammates whose lives had been touched by Caleb’s big heart.
“His laid-back personality and shy grin made it easy for others to approach him,” recalled his
mother, Melissa Brown.
In the three short years he participated in Special Olympics, Caleb and his entire family grew
very fond of the other athletes and their families. They all spent a lot of time with one another at
practices and games. In fact, Caleb enjoyed his last basketball game of the 2018 season the day
before he entered Heaven’s gates.
Because Special Olympics was an important part of Caleb’s life, his family established the
Caleb’s Cause Fund. “It was a natural decision for our family and friends and the Special
Olympics Board of Directors to reach out to the Decatur County Community Foundation to
partner with us so that our enthusiasm for the Olympians could be carried into all the generations
that follow,” said Melissa. “Joining everyone–our family, the Special Olympic athletes and their
families–together to raise money for Special Olympics in Caleb’s memory through the Southern
Indiana Dirt Drag Race is a way to keep all of us working as one team.”
The Southern Indiana Dirt Drag Race to support Caleb’s Cause will be this Saturday, June 12, at
the Decatur County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 2:00 pm for truck registrations, with racing
scheduled to begin at 6:00. Event tickets are available at the gate, with raffle chances,
concessions and more available throughout the day. All proceeds will benefit Caleb’s Cause.
“Later this fall we will also be hosting the Caleb Brown Memorial 5K on Saturday, September
18,” said Melissa. “Proceeds from that event will also benefit Special Olympics athletes and their
families, helping them offset costs associated with Special Olympics programs.”
“Caleb’s Cause is a heartfelt, encouraging way of bringing teamwork, family and friends together
in support of a program that continues to bless many lives in our county, state and nation,” said
Brown. “The Community Foundation will carry this cause into the future, long after we all have
joined Caleb in Heaven.”
Submitted by Jenni Hanna with the Decatur County Community Foundation