The Race

During shooting of "The Race," the young actors had fun with the working boxcar derby racers. These cars were a delight for the art department to create. Paired with Alabama's song "Angels Among Us," the spot teaches us that sometimes, caught up in the heat of the moment, we may find the richest rewards in life by just pausing and realizing something important may be happening right in front of us.


ANNCR/SUPER: It was the biggest race of the year and no matter what I was going to win. Sometimes things happen that you just can’t explain.
MUSIC: Ooohh I believe there are angles among us
ANNCR/SUPER: Some things are more important than winning
MUSIC: Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
ANNCR/SUPER: I don’t remember who won the race that day
MUSIC: To show us how to live
ANNCR/SUPER: But I’ll never forget how I felt
MUSIC: To teach us how to give. To guide us with the light of love.
ANNCR/SUPER: Including others…Pass it on. A message from the Foundation for a Better Life.

Including Others. Pass It On!

Pass It On®


Your Comments
Melissa Pierce from Signal Mountain, Tenn MARCH 2, 2022
Love it!!!! Have not seen it in a while! Needs to be run a whole lot ! This one puts a lump in my throat❤️❤️❤️❤️

Kylee 🖤🤍 NOVEMBER 22, 2021
I love people like that ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗thank you so much

Ruth from English MAY 27, 2021

Teresa from Tennessee MARCH 25, 2021
Oh the memories these moments make in our lives! Thank you!

Betty Brown from Michigan MARCH 25, 2021
Tears here!

Fausto Alexander from North Carolina DECEMBER 15, 2018
Love this type of messages.

jackson SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
i think they wanted him to let him race for once

Arlette from Monroe, Ohio FEBRUARY 16, 2017
I have a son that is now 20 with special needs. He is non ambulatory and though a very healthy young adult, he requires us to take care of all his basic needs, but gives back so very much more. So loving and just a joy to be around. My son has truly made me a better person. I'm so touched by this ad and I post it occasionally to remind myself and others of the goodness that is still out there or could be.

Anonymous SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
so beautyful*crys*i love my whole family

Anonymous JANUARY 21, 2016
It is so sweet, child helps child with special need in such a light-hearted natural way, inclusion brings family brotherhood feeling.

Anamica from Dubai -UAE NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Thank you and your team for all these wonderful and inspirational videos! I will PASS IT ON to all I know, these simple values are what makes this life more Beautiful!

senchin SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
I think that boy that was helping the one in the wheel chair helped him in the car beacause he wanted to give him a chance to be in the game not just watch the game. He probably felt bad for the boy. He could not walh or run. but he could race in a car.

Liz Rippee from Hartville, MO SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
retired special ed teacher. I preached this message for 32 years. This video should be a regular part of every school curriculum!

Sr. Athens from Lahore JULY 11, 2014
Learning from a little young man speaking!

James from NH JUNE 16, 2014
40 years ago I remember a snowball fight with friends. An opponent, my brother, had what I saw as fear in his eyes as we pummeled them. I was overwhelmed and called an end. My brother wondered why. As a kid I could not convey my emotion. I did not know the word then - it was compassion,

Violette from West Virginia MAY 2, 2014
Powerful message. I have passed it on to all my friends who work in health care and human services

rakhi from kerala JANUARY 27, 2014
I just loved these videos,... I was searching for videos for my kids that can explain the importance of values in human life these are the perfect ones thank you for this,....................

Aiden Alexander from Windsor Ontario  NOVEMBER 5, 2013
I am a kid and usually I am bored of all these videos but this video opened my eyes to see how it feels to not be able to get up and walk around and I hope you make more videos about this topic. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new world

Aiden from Windsor NOVEMBER 5, 2013
I love this it shows how people can care. This is a very good video and you should do more including others videos.

tatyanna from killeen/tx OCTOBER 18, 2013
how sweet

chris b. from myerstown,pa. SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
tears-wow-what love

Machele from California  SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
Coming from a parent who is a strong advocate and supporter of inclusion I just love this commercial. It brought tears to my eyes. I think every child should view this commercial. Maybe it will truly bring more awareness to children with Special needs. From a mother of twins with Autism.

Angela Owens from Huntington SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
That just made me tear up! Seeing the boy going and picking up the other boy in the wheel chair and letting him race in his place. This is what life is all about helping those less fortunate then we are! There just isn't enough people in the world like that boy!

Jerry from Howe, OK SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
Some times we should just "be led by a child" They can teach us.


Mai from WI AUGUST 6, 2013
Every time this commercial comes on TV, it makes me so touch and feel inspired. I came here just to rewatch the commercial. Amen for kindness and including others.

Marla O'keefe from wautoma WI JULY 5, 2013
This is one that hit home. My grandson is in a wheel chair. He was normal until the age of 2 when it was discovered after a fall a tumor, size of a golf ball was at his spine & back bone. Please say a prayer for him & all others that have a difficult life. Thank-you for your time to read this.

Deane from Cordele, Ga. MAY 28, 2013
Love this! We all need a helping hand at times. Love one another, no matter your differences!

Mallory from Trinity nc APRIL 27, 2013
When I seen that I started to get sad.

T from MN APRIL 23, 2013
You can link the website to allow it to facebook, log on and then copy the link into your status update

Maria Perez from Miami APRIL 19, 2013
I love this commercial! Please let people post all of them in Facebook! Also,we need commercials showing verbal bullying in elementary school age. It's something so sad! I congratulate all of you for a wonderful job!

Susan from NicevilleFlorida APRIL 15, 2013
I would love to post these on Facebook. I think they are wonderful, touching and something we all need to see.

James Lin from Taiwan APRIL 11, 2013
Thanks for, Your mov is very good! May GOD Bless Values. ;-)

christine andrews from Palm Springs, CA APRIL 10, 2013
I'm not a cry baby but this one made me cry! Wow!!!!

Jessie from Miles City, Mt MARCH 19, 2013
I absolutely love this commercial, it really pulls on your heart strings!

Jon Pimlott from Nanaimo b.c. MARCH 15, 2013
This is one of my favorites. I call myself a big kid and i am sharing my go-kart with the rest of the kids in the neighborhood.

Ryan from Christchurch MARCH 12, 2013
I love the way the boy let the disabled boy race instead!

Frank Nunez from Miami Lakes,Florida FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Great inspiring message. I love to see this over and over again. It never gets tiring, very uplifting. Keep up the great work !!!!!! Inspires all !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angela B from Tigerton WI DECEMBER 23, 2012
WOW this made me tear up. First time ever I have seen this commercial. My husband is in a wheelchair also. sometimes I feel people do leave him out because he cant do everything they can. Cant imagine what achild feels like. Thank You and it should be aired more often.

leo from Montana NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Can someone get me a towel to mop up all these tears? This commercial is so wonderful that I cried all the way through it. Going to have to watch again with the water works if possible.

Rex from North amerrica,U.S.A,Ca.Rancho Cucamunga OCTOBER 6, 2012
This video is great!

virgina mahboub from gastonia OCTOBER 2, 2012
That's so special and sad. I wish life could be that neat but we have to do our best on helping each other out so I say pass the goodness on!

virgina mahboub from gastonia OCTOBER 2, 2012
That's so sweet but sad.

Eli from Arkansas SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
Need more commercials like this on tv today, really great uplifting commercials!

Taly from Boca Raton,Florida SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
This kind of commercials have a strong impact on the community (believe or not!) It hits your conscience and make you believe in humanity in moments when you just feel trapped by trivial life and superficiality. this one in particular gives an amazing message! sometimes we forget that everyone is part of this world not just us in out little independent mini worlds.

Cathy Brayall from New Richmond, WI JULY 20, 2012
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! My 4 year old son, Anthony was born with spina bifida and he has many struggles and I pray and pray that he gets past all the struggles that this world gives him and that he is surrounded everyday by people who love God and his strength in Christ is beyond anything!!!

Val from Miami Fl JUNE 24, 2012
Beautiful! So inspiring, I love this commercial.

Ivy Farrell from Ontario, Canada MAY 4, 2012
I couldn't stop crying. I have a young boy in a wheel chair and it pangs me to see him sitting on the sidelines knowing he wants to run and jump with the rest of the kids. We are fortunate to have many people help us take part in some events that otherwise wouldn't be possible. Watching this commercial really hit home. It is a real life event. Thank you so much for airing it.

Sonja from SD MARCH 31, 2012
This commercial reminds me of my 5 year old daughter. As a new lady came to our church, I was in a rush getting from point A to point B, but my daughter would not let me continue. She saw an older lady in a wheel chair and went up to her and started talking to her. In turn, I stopped and talked as well. Little did I know that was her first time to the church and little did I know how much that meant to her, that a little girl wasn't afraid of her disabilities and didn't see a wheel chair, she just saw a person. Since then my 5 year old and her have been good friends. Age does not matter when 2 people just connect, and neither does ones capability.

Phyllis Giroud from New Jersey MARCH 26, 2012
Wow ! What a great commercial !

Rachel Martino from New Jersey MARCH 26, 2012
Best commercial I ever saw.

Phyllis Giroud from New Jersey MARCH 26, 2012
This commercial will not play. I can only hear the audio. Does anyone know how I can get it. Oh my God, it's the nicest commercial I ever saw.

Carol Hvolboll from Porterville, Ca MARCH 20, 2012
This is how we as parents want each one of our children to to others, I was so glad to see this young man who had feelings toward the young man who could not walk !!! Thank You Lord !!!

Gaylene Durham from Olathe, KS FEBRUARY 19, 2012
I think its every mothers dream that her child is this kind. Tears....

Lori Sisson from USA FEBRUARY 4, 2012
I instantly was touched and wept with inspiration, encouragement, hope and pride! Thank you

gen from lakewood JANUARY 23, 2012
I saw this commercial for the first time 01/22/12. I had met the humble co-writer, Becky Hobbs, a few years ago, so I had to see if she got an honorable mention on this page. For the story behind the song, go to and follow the links. Continued God's Blessings to Duane and Beckaroo!!!!

Amanda Henderson from Ohio JANUARY 16, 2012
This is a wonderful thing to see on television. Good tears falling. My son is in a wheelchair and he is seven years old. He has a YouTube video. If you Google Devan Kreager it will show up.

madonna long from PA JANUARY 14, 2012
I love this one.. shows true value of unconditional friendship.. Love. it. Founder disability news

Fatima from Philippines NOVEMBER 19, 2011
I watch all the videos for more than two hours already and tears wont stop from falling.

Dr. Barrett from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida NOVEMBER 7, 2011
My heart melts each time I see this ad. Phenomenal work and message.

Br. Jeremy, CSJW from USA (and Exeter U.K) AUGUST 17, 2011
I am an Anglican Monk who serves as Chaplain at a boys school in the UK. I had tears in my eyes as I watched this. God bless the people who made this. BrJ

Alicia from Argentina JULY 14, 2011
Ohhh it's very sweet. I wish all of us acted like this...with the heart.

Erica Johnson from Portsmouth.VA JUNE 2, 2011
This is a Beautiful Commercial. I even saw it on Nickelodeon. Please put it on Nickelodeon and Fox News Channel. I will pass it on to a new friend.

Marcus from California MAY 20, 2011
We all know who won the race that day.

Katrina G. from Wisconsin, USA APRIL 16, 2011
This was beyond a doubt the most beautiful message I've ever seen any foundation take the time to deliver. My brother died of Muscular Dystrophy last year, and this commercial reminded me of too few special moments like this in his life. Thank you.

Michael P. from Modesto CA JANUARY 30, 2011
I am a Special Education teacher and this commercial is too beautiful for words...

margo getty from rosemead, calif. JANUARY 29, 2011
the race is my favorite, I listen to it over, and over, I just love it

Kay Kukulski from Michigan JANUARY 19, 2011
I JUST LOVE ALL OF YOUR COMMERCIALS! Filled with hope,determination and the act of kindness. Keep em' coming!

Kay Kukulski from Michigan JANUARY 19, 2011
I JUST LOVE ALL OF YOUR COMMERCIALS! Filled with hope,determination and the act of kindness. Keep em' coming!

Violet I. from Florida JANUARY 18, 2011
This is a wonderful, amazing foundation! The world needs to hear your message! Your commercials impressed me so much that I had to visit your website. We all have goodness and compassion within us, but need to be reminded sometimes. The world of today is greatly in need of this guidance. Thank you for your efforts. They are greatly appreciated.

Chris l from scranton, pa JANUARY 15, 2011
Your commercials are awesome. This one is my favorite including others. Great job and keep them coming.

Donna S. from New Jersey JANUARY 11, 2011
My Young Son had Special Needs and the commercial reminded me of last summer when the young children in our neighberhood played with him and drove him around in his play Cadillac. with tears in my eyes Thank you for giving our children a voice .

sherryf from kosciukso, ms DECEMBER 31, 2010
I have always been intriged & inspired by the message from your videos. Thanks for reminding us to do what God wants us to do. The world is full of everything these videos are not. Yet you remind us all of what we should be!!!! Keep up the great work. God bless!!

Candi S. from California DECEMBER 14, 2010
Being the mom of a special needs child this commercial brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

Rachel A. from Denver, CO DECEMBER 6, 2010
Ken, The song is "Angels Among Us" by Alabama.

Ken D. from San Francisco NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Can someone tell me where the song for "The Race" came from?

Theresa Gachter from Coral Springs Fr. 33065 OCTOBER 18, 2010
I would like to know who the man is with the beautiful voice. Play more with his voice, it is excellent.

At 48, I still bawled my eyes out. Thanks.

Cheryl C. from Colorado AUGUST 24, 2010
I just love this one, it brought tears to my eyes!

Troy H from Reading, PA AUGUST 23, 2010
This is another great tear jerker by the people who make these spots. Even though a lot of them bring back happy or sometimes sad and painful memories which make me get tears in my eyes, it's okay. Keep them coming!

Rick, N from Cumberland, VA AUGUST 1, 2010
I just saw this spot on Nickelodeon a few minutes ago. It moved me in a great way. The idea that the little boy in the wheelchair, who has so few opportunities to win any kind of race, found a way to just be happy to be at that race, and the act of his competitors making an effort on his behalf to help him into his racer, just blew me away. ... and a little child shall lead them.

Fabio G. from Miami, FL JUNE 25, 2010
When I see this message, I feel so different. I think I am becoming a better person.

Linda G. from Innisfilk Ontario JUNE 21, 2010
Oh wonderful kindness. This is what the world needs more of. I want to be that person who gets out of my cart and puts someone else in it.

Trisha C. from San Bernardino, CA APRIL 6, 2010
Every time I see "The Race" I can't help but cry it has such a beautiful message it truly touches my heart!

Sam G from Salem, OR MARCH 21, 2010
I wonder if this was based on a true story, because it is so heart warming what that kid did it.

Martha S. from Houston, TX DECEMBER 28, 2009
I am a high school principal and am going to show my staff several of these videos during our January inservice as a way of inspiring teachers to begin the new year with renewed spirit.I am not sure how I will keep from crying as I show them b/c are high school principals allowed to cry?

Jen H. from Wash. DC SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
I cried watching this. Your commercials and billboards are beautiful and inspiring, and I want my young son to see them all. Bless you and all you do.

Mario M. from Brazil JULY 24, 2009
Greetings from Brazil. Excellent.

Mary A. from Illinois MAY 4, 2009
Who are you people?... I think I love you! These commercials are fantastic. Who is supporting this? May they be blessed.

Sister J. from South Africa APRIL 22, 2009
I watch your spots on BYU Television in Johannesburg. This one reveals the best in all of us. As we are prompted, just do the right thing! And do it now!

Bev M. from Canada DECEMBER 28, 2008

Jacqueline C from Memphis, TN OCTOBER 20, 2008
"Something important might be happening right in front of us." You're right about it. We should always watch for these inspiring and miraculous moments. They mostly come in the intent of quietness and the act of unselfishness. Glory!

Dorathy X. from Sherly, ME AUGUST 24, 2008
Truley touching- the words that I think when I first saw this clip. It is a strong message.

Ronald B. from Ascension Catholic High Donaldsonville, Louisiana JUNE 18, 2008
The TV spots, like everything you do are awesome. Being a coach and teacher I have used your posters and information with my teams and classes. Thank you for all you do! P.S. Would it be possible to purchase a DVD or tape of these TV spots? [Yes, we offer free posters and DVDs for schools. Please click the "for schools" link on the bottom of the screen.]

J.G. from Santa Clarita MAY 27, 2008
They make me feel different inside myself when I see these videos. They really touch my bare soul.

Eva M. from Malibu, CA MAY 27, 2008
Brought tears to my eyes. this shows that including others can be a benefit for everyone

Jennie C. from New York, USA MARCH 8, 2008
Moved to tears-this one was priceless! Thanks for your site- will pass it on to all my friends!

BpRt from Lehighton, Pennsylvania USA FEBRUARY 21, 2008
This commercial taught me that if everyone included everybody, no one would be left out.

Micki F. from Florida USA JANUARY 3, 2008
How absolutely beautiful - don't get tears often but this one did it. My faith lies in the inherent goodness in all of us to be compassionate and giving - thank you so much for these spots and this foundation!

Erin M. from Wisconsin, USA JANUARY 2, 2008
Moved to tears with this ad. I TiVo'd it and have watched it 50 times since yesterday. I found it on your site and emailed it to everyone that I know. Thank you!

Cindy B. from Palmdale, California USA AUGUST 27, 2007
Had tears, so much compassion that needs to shine more among children and adults.

Craig W. from Wisconsin AUGUST 6, 2007
The Race, a foundation for a better life. There are "Angels Among Us". Great tune by one of Nashville's best and gifted singer/songwriters, Becky Hobbs. Thanks for a great and inspiring song Becky! Craig & Sara Wallin

Clint L from Rochester, New York USA JULY 7, 2007
Saw this in a movie theater next to my 9 year old son, who was sitting in his wheelchair, we smiled and I kissed him on the head.

Lady Samm from Toronto, Canada JUNE 27, 2007
A gentle reminder to continue to reach out to those in need. I suppose this one touched my heart strings more than the others, as I do believe there is so much good still left in all of us. Thank you from my heart to yours for the gentle tug.

Jessica H from Aberdeen NSW, Australia MAY 28, 2007
too beautiful for words.

Hayden.W MAY 8, 2007
It was a good message.

Jung-in Kim from Seoul, South Korea MARCH 22, 2007
I found myself welling up watching this TV spot. I believe in humanity in us all.

Anonymous FEBRUARY 22, 2007
What a fantastic way to show both kids and adults that we don't have to be like everybody else. We can make a difference by acting differently. Paulo J. (Brazil)

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