Drive On Motorsports Is a nationally recognized 501 3c non-profit organization. Our primary goal is to aid honorably discharged veterans, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), by Giving them a Place to engage in Motorsport activities with other veterans, Families and, friends.
Hi, my name is Sam Alvarez, husband, father, Boy Scouts troop leader, combat veteran, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) survivor. I am also the President and Founder of Drive On Motorsports. Over the years, I have been involved with many Veterans Affairs (VA) recreational programs to assist me with my everyday struggle with PTSD. There are many programs offered through the VA including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and many other activities, but there is nothing offered for the motorsports enthusiast.
A few years ago, a friend and fellow veteran was struggling to cope with his PTSD. In fact, it was a struggle to get him out of the house. One day I had a thought, a local Jeep club was having a class to teach off-road driving. I called my friend and told him he was coming with me, if anything, just to get out of the house and try something a little different. Throughout the course of the day, I saw a change in his mood and demeanor. I asked him why the difference, but he could not quite explain what it was that was making him feel better. After a long discussion, we came to the realization that it was the adrenaline, that little bit of fear and excitement that got the blood rushing and endorphins flowing.
As a motorsports enthusiast, I know that it has been a crucial part in coping with my PTSD. So, I called the director of the recreational therapy department at my local VA medical center to inquire about locating a motorsports program. After speaking at length, it became apparent that there aren’t any. So after doing a fair amount of research, I discussed my idea of starting a motorsport therapy program with the director. He agreed there would be a huge interest in a program of this nature among the veterans. I started making phone calls to local motorsport agencies inquiring about the possibility of them being able to host a motorsport program and everything has taken off from there.
Recreational therapy for veterans has been a real help for myself and many of my friends. There is a great need and demand for more diverse activities within the VA; I hope to give veterans and their families an opportunity to experience motorsport events as recreational therapy and with your help we can!
Meet The Team
Drive on Motorsports is based out of Wentzville, Missouri.
We can be reached during normal businesses hours 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday at (314) 660-3313.
Snail mail at: 1953 Somerset Manor Dr. Wentzville, MO. 63385