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Student wins Racer's Edge 'Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway'

Bridgeport sixth-grader scores tickets, passes, CDs, more swag

Posted: May 21, 2009 9:52 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Racer's Edge Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway winner Johnny Flinn (center), with brother Jordan (left) and mother Judi, shows off his prize package during a visit to The Signal Thursday.

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Johnny Flinn, a 12-year-old graduating sixth-grader at Bridgeport Elementary School, won the random drawing Thursday morning in the Racer’s Edge “Summer Meltdown Ultimate Giveaway” contest online at The-Signal.com.

“I think it’s really cool,” Flinn said during a visit to The Signal offices Thursday afternoon with his mother, Judi, and 9-year-old brother, Jordan.

Flinn’s prize package includes four tickets and backstage passes to the sixth annual “Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert” rock festival at Golden Valley High School’s outdoor amphitheater tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., headlined by rap/rock duo Shwayze.

Flinn’s bag of swag included four Summer Meltdown event T-shirts, four food vouchers, the latest CD by each band, four passes to Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting and a Signal T-shirt.

In addition, Flinn wins a home-delivered subscription to The Signal for a year.

Representatives from Racer’s Edge and The Signal will formally present the prize package to Flinn tomorrow onstage at Summer Meltdown, where he will also get autograph and photo opportunities with the bands backstage.

Both Flinn boys have Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, and attention defecit disorder, their mother said.

She saw posters for Summer Meltdown near their Valencia home and told Johnny about the event, which is produced each year by the Hart district’s nonprofit Yes I Can program for students with and without disabilities — primarily Asperger’s and autism.

“We read about (Summer Meltdown) on the computer and I thought I’d like to go because it sounded really cool — kids helping others feel good about themselves,” Johnny said. “I used to be embarrassed about the whole ADD thing.”

Flinn said he planned to take Jordan, who is still learning how to accept and deal with Asperger’s and ADHD and feeling embarrassed among students without disabilities.

“I’m happy my brother and me get to go and feel OK about it,” he said.

Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting has a lot of programs that deal with challenged individuals, and when we saw an opportunity to get involved with (Summer Meltdown), we did,” said David Jimenez, managing race director.

To purchase $15 advance tickets, visit www.summermeltdown2009.com.

Tickets will also be available for $20 at the door. For more about Yes I Can, visit www.sponsorthemeltdown.com.

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