St. Louis rapper Nelly took the jacket off his back to give it to an excited fan in a wheelchair at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina this past weekend.
In a short clip shared by the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Nelly is seen removing the windbreaker and placing it across the body of 22-year-old Jacob Lemke. According to his sister, Lemke suffers from Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, a representative of the Charlotte Motorsport Speedway said.
“You make sure you hold it down, okay?” Nelly said while he and the fan interact. He then learned the fan would soon be celebrating a birthday on October 12. The rapper wished him a happy birthday and proceeded to walk away while thanking him.
The 47-year-old entertainer appeared as the Bank of America ROVAL 400 pre-race performer and driver announcer.
“I can’t wait to Rock the ROVAL and get fans revved up for an afternoon of NASCAR action,” Nelly said prior to the popular event and his scheduled 60-minute show. “We’re bringing the party to Charlotte Motor Speedway and it’s going to be big!”
People on social media say it was a selfless act of kindness from Nelly, one that garnered the now-viral video many likes, retweets and lots of positive comments aimed at him.
“This is why I have always loved @Nelly_Mo he’s so genuine and just made that guys day,” one user tweeted. “#Nascar really is family.”
“That’s pretty cool Nelly_Mo. Great to have people that care about others and not just about themselves,” another wrote.
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