SMP Teams Up With Norman Howard To Support Therapeutic Program

Fundraiser to be Held in Conjunction with SMP’s One Lap of America Race Participation

Rochester, NY – April 20, 2016 – (Rochester, N.Y. – April 20, 2016) Today, Systems Management Planning (SMP) president Eric Rorapaugh demonstrated the capabilities of his high performance Chevrolet Corvette race car to the students at The Norman Howard School. Rorapaugh will be taking his car on the road from April 30 to May 7 to compete in the national One Lap of America race series. In conjunction with the One Lap series, Rorapaugh also announced a fundraiser to support a therapeutic student program at The Norman Howard School where children work with horses through the EquiCenter.

The Norman Howard School program through the EquiCenter is designed to help children manage challenges through a recognized, structured therapeutic and educational experience. Fifth through 12th grade students working with horses will gain a range of benefits in a supportive environment. Today through May 13, every dollar raised through an online fundraiser will be matched by SMP up to $5000. The online donation page can be found at: youcaring.com/smpfornhs.

“I am so excited to be sharing the One Lap of America experience with the students at The Norman Howard School,” said Rorapaugh. “And I think the student program with the EquiCenter is really cool. I hope we raise lots of money to support it!”

Rorapaugh demonstrated the features of his black Corvette students at the school, before offering a short presentation about the race series at their end-of-day assembly. Students also had the opportunity to sit in the car. The Norman Howard School was identified as a community partner for Rorapaugh by Steve Baxter, whose daughter attends the school. Baxter will serve as co-driver for the One Lap series.

“Our students will be eagerly following the car during the race series,” said Rosemary Hodges, Co-Head, The Norman Howard School. “They will benefit from important lessons about tenacity and rising to challenges in school and life.”

One Lap of America (formerly known as the Cannonball Run) begins on April 30 and spans nearly 3,000 miles of the United States, as well as nine race venues before ending on May 7. Rorapaugh and Baxter will maintain their own car, obtained through Van Bortel Chevrolet, and drive to each race track in the series at night after completing the day’s races.

Rorapaugh will be active on Twitter and uploading videos to YouTube while he is on the road.

The car and drivers’ uniforms will display The Norman Howard School logo, as well as logos for Rorapaugh’s corporate sponsors: Cisco, Dell, Pure Storage, Van Bortel and Ingram Micro. SMP has set up a special web page dedicated to the One Lap of America race series: www.smp-corp.com/one-lap-of-america.

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About: The Norman Howard School

The Norman Howard School is an independent school serving 122 students grades 5-12 who learn differently. Located at 275 Pinnacle Rd, Rochester, NY, NHS offers a supportive setting, individualized programming, and an environment where students thrive. To learn more contact Rebecca Ferri, Communications Manager, at 585.210.4661 | rferri@e-success.org or visit www.normanhoward.org.

 

About SMP:

SMP, a NYS Certified Woman-Owned Business and also recognized as a Rochester Top Workplace, provides value-based IT Solutions in the areas of collaboration, networking, data center, end-user computing and security. SMP serves a range of customers across industries such as healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, finance, manufacturing, government and commercial in New York, Pennsylvania, and New England. With locally-based teams in each market, SMP designs and delivers solutions in collaboration with top manufacturers such as Cisco, Dell, VMware and EMC. SMP also provides managed, hosted and professional services to help customers meet their organization’s goals and objectives.