Topeka car dealership donates money to local youth sports


Following a year of sports cancellations due to safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the owner of a local car dealership is giving back to ensure area youths have successful seasons ahead.

Brad Lewis, owner of Lewis Toyota of Topeka, told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday the dealership is donating $25,000 to create a fund that would provide grants to area athletes who want to play but may need help with such things as tournament-entrance fees and purchasing equipment.

“With the vaccinations and cities and states opening up, hopefully, this is a full summer of sports for the youth,” Lewis said. “We want to make sure that we can reach as many kids as possible and let these kids participate.”

He said Lewis Toyota is donating that $25,000 to the Greater Topeka Partnership, which will work with the dealership to disseminate the funds. The money is expected to be dispersed as local youths, families or teams apply for it.

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