FORT HOOD, Texas --
After capturing his sixth straight title in Pomona, Calif. last month, Schumacher immediately announced his championship hardware was heading for Fort Hood where 13 people were killed during a shooting incident on November 5.
With assistance from NHRA President Tom Compton and his U.S. Army team, Schumacher handed the trophy to III Corps and Fort Hood Commander, Lt. General Robert Cone, who was among the military personnel attending the event known as "Fort Hood Community Strong."
In addition to Schumacher, other celebrities making appearances included actor Gary Sinise, comedian Dana Carvey, rapper Chamillionaire and pop star Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.
"To be able to go to Fort Hood with my team was a moving experience to say the very least," said Schumacher afterwards. "We had a chance to meet with a number of Army Strong Soldiers during the day and it was truly something to see how they've dealt with such a terrible tragedy.
"It's very apparent the Fort Hood community has united in an effort to promote healing. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to help in that process. As I stated right after winning in Pomona, there was no question where the championship trophy should reside. Hopefully, we were able to put a smile on some faces during our visit. To be sure, our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone at Fort Hood."
Schumacher will begin defense of his '09 crown at the Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals, February 11-14, in Pomona, Calif. The 2010 season will mark the 10th year the U.S. Army has sponsored the Chicago-area resident.
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