4-Time Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey named 2019 St. Jude Ambassador of the Year

ELLENTON, Fla., (May 28, 2019) – As the final laps of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship were being logged into the record books and three first-time champions were being crowned (Cooper Webb – 450SX Class, Dylan Ferrandis – Western Regional 250SX Class and Chase Sexton – Eastern Regional 250SX Class), so began the final hours in the first-ever Supercross – St. Jude online auction where fans and athletes alike championed for another cause – the fight to end childhood cancer.

Throughout the 2019 Supercross season, Feld Entertainment®, the global leader in live touring family entertainment, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® partnered on a season-long campaign. This included several initiatives spanning a launch party in Minneapolis which kicked off the #THISSHIRTSAVESLIVES movement to a tour of St. Jude in Memphis, an inaugural namesake race in Nashville, and an online auction that raised$201,564 to support the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®


Supercross host Juliana Daniell, Ryan Dungey and NBCSN broadcast personality Ralph Sheheen at the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES launch party in Minneapolis.

More than 100 members of the Supercross community participated in the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement raising $121,800 and garnering more than 40 million media impressions across both social and traditional channels. 

Over 30 Supercross athletes, including champions Ryan Dungey and Jason Anderson participated in a private hospital tour in Memphis and then attended a special St. Jude patient and family reception that included hanging out with the kids and playing Monster Energy Supercross – the Official Video Game while also providing instruction for those brave enough to jump on the Supercross Virtual Reality Experience (SXVR). The athletes signed autographs, gave of their time and left the patient families with bags of swag, a welcomed reprieve and smiles to last a lifetime. 


Ryan Dungey and Jason Anderson attending the patient and family reception at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

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Supercross – St. Jude Hospital Tour and Patient Family Reception

“The Supercross community united in record numbers this season to stand behind Ryan Dungey in the fight to end childhood cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are proud to name Ryan as the St. Jude Ambassador of the Year. His selfless commitment to the hospital inspired an army of supporters who are helping to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

The inaugural race for St. Jude in Nashville provided the backdrop for fans to see their favorite athletes competing in customized gear or on bikes sporting specially-produced graphics inspired by St. Jude patient artwork. The multi-week online auction created a frenzied two days of bidding wars in the final hours where 345 auction-goers made bids on 240 individualized pieces creating 120 winners while raising an impressive $79,764 in total.

Highlighting the top bids were a noteworthy $10,000 raised for a Bullfrog Spas Hot Tub and Smartop cover, $4,500 for an official 2017 Ryan Dungey Championship Replica Ring and $4,100 for an autographed Eli Tomac Race Jersey.  

THIS RACE SAVES LIVES Supercross – St. Jude Online Auction – Top Bid Items:

  • Bullfrog Spas A-7 Hot Tub and Smartop Cover – $10,000
    • Donated by Smartop Motoconcepts Bullfrog Spas Honda
  • Official 2017 Ryan Dungey Championship Replica Ring – $4,500
    • Donated by Ryan Dungey
  • Autographed Eli Tomac Race Jersey – $4,100
    • Donated by Eli Tomac, Alpinestars and Monster Energy Kawasaki
  • Autographed FLY Racing Helmet – $3,100
    • Donated by FLY
  • Autographed Ryan Dungey Race Jersey – $2,400
    • Donated by Ryan Dungey, FOX and Red Bull KTM 
  • Autographed Ken Roczen Race Jersey – $2,200
    • Donated by Ken Roczen, FOX and Team Honda HRC
  • Autographed Cooper Webb Race Jersey (1 of 3) – $1,900
    • Donated by Cooper Webb, THOR and Red Bull KTM
  • Kevin Moranz “Believe” Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses – $1,600
    • Donated by Kevin Moranz, Custom Powersports, Lynch Concepts and Oakley
  • Autographed Cooper Webb Race Jersey (3 of 3) – $1,500
    • Donated by Cooper Webb, THOR and Red Bull KTM
  • Autographed Marvin Musquin Race Jersey – $1,500
    • Donated by Marvin Musquin, THOR and Red Bull KTM
  • Autographed Chad Reed Race Jersey – $1,400
    • Donated by Chad Reed, FOX and JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing
  • Autographed Cooper Webb Race Jersey (2 of 3) – $1,300
    • Donated by Cooper Webb, THOR and Red Bull KTM
  • Autographed Ricky Carmichael Race Jersey – $1,200
    • Donated by Ricky Carmichael and FOX
  • Gas Monkey Energy / AJE Motorsports Chris Blose Tool Box – $1,100
    • Donated by Chris Blose and AJE Motorsports

Prior to the final round of Monster Energy Supercross at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, it was announced at the pre-race press conference that Ryan Dungey was named the 2019 St. Jude Ambassador of the year. Dungey is the first Supercross athlete to receive this distinguished honor, which puts him in great company with other celebrity ambassadors, including NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Strahan to country music superstar Jake Owen and mega-celebrity Jennifer Aniston.


Ryan Dungey speaking to media at Nissan Stadium in Nashville with St. Jude patient and super fan Gabe.

Dungey has raised over $1 million for St. Jude since 2012 through his incredible efforts with his hometown cycling event – the St. Jude Ride & 5K Runand from the support of his fellow riders and Supercross fans who participate in the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement.

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to itsYouTube channel.

About Feld Entertainment

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