Lincroft, NJ – The “Walk the Walk with Kevin” fundraising event will present local sports figure and NJ native Frankie Montecalvo for the 5th annual event at the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) on Tuesday August 12, 2014 from 5p.m. to 8p.m.
In addition to helping with Kevin’s medical expenses, “Walk the Walk with Kevin” focuses on various aspects of brain injury and prevention. Event chairpersons Nicole Ardito and Victoria Gemignani are proud to hold the event for the first time ever with a local, professional sports car driver who understands the importance of helmet protection for all sports alike.
“Driving professionally over the past five years, and unfortunately witnessing many accidents, has made me realize just how vital it is to always wear the correct safety equipment for any sport that poses the possibility of an injury,” Montecalvo, 23, of Highlands, NJ said. “There have been a few incidents in my career so far, where I’ve found myself in a collision and realized just how fortunate I was to be wearing my protective gear, especially my helmet, and walk away unscathed. You can’t predict when these accidents are going to happen so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”
The walk will begin promptly at 5 p.m. where Montecalvo will provide introductory words to kick off the event. Afterwards, he will be signing autographs for attendees.
In 2009 Kevin suffered a serious brain injury from a skateboarding accident and was left in an unconscious state. Funds raised for Kevin’s Journey of Hope have been used to purchase therapeutic equipment and pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance. After a particularly difficult year, with the help of his family, medical team and support from the community, Kevin continues to show improvement.
After the accident in 2009, Kevin’s mother Joan started a public service group called “Helmets for Life.” The group visits local schools and promotes helmet safety through Kevin’s very personal story. “We are very excited about having a professional athlete who understands the importance of head injury prevention supporting our event,” Joan said.
Montecalvo is an alumnus of St. John Vianney High School and currently drives for PR1 Motorsports team in the TUDOR Championship Sports Car Challenge. This year, the talented young professional was invited to drive at the largest endurance race in the world for a second time at the 24-Hours of Le Mans, for factory-sponsored Ferrari team, 8Star Motorsports. He finished in 4th place with the best American showing ahead of the renowned actor/driver Patrick Dempsey.