NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has All-Star kickoff

first_imgNASCAR HRCameron JoeDavidson CollegeCharlotte, N.C. “Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization.”—Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development OrganizationIntern NameUniversityHometown NASCAR BroadcastingVictoria GarciaSoutheastern UniversityMiami, Fla. NASCAR R&DBrian Lee*Purdue UniversityTysons Corner, Va. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2013) — With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college.”Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR’s partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year’s class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.The 2013 class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.The 2013 NDIP class includes the following students from universities around the nation: NASCAR MG EngineeringCameron McCarty*North Carolina State UniversityJackson, Miss. NASCAR DiversityAntoinette DiazUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrollton, Ga. OctagonJusan Hamilton*Ithaca CollegeIthaca, N.Y. NASCAR Racing OperationsPaige SanchezEmbry-RiddleHouston, Texas NASCAR Digital MediaMelia SigmonHigh Point UniversityDenver, N.C. NASCAR B&C MarketingMarco SanchezGeorgia State UniversityNorcross, Ga. NASCAR Team PropertiesLorena RoblesFull Sail UniversitySan Juan, P.R. READ MORE: READ: Full coverage from Charlotte WATCH: Danica Patrick Press Pass Taylor StrategyEdgar VelizUniversity of HoustonHouston, Texas NASCAR IMCSunghwan KimSyracuse UniversityLouisville, Ky. NASCAR Industry ServicesRachel AlmarioClayton State UniversityMcDonough, Ga. NASCAR IMCKelsey NelsonUniversity of MarylandGermantown, Md. Program offers professional development opportunities to students nationwide DISEvanna HowellWinston-Salem State UniversityMalden, Mass. Rev RacingPedro Mojica*University of Texas – San AntonioKilleen, Texas READ: Johnson wins Sprint All-Star Race NASCAR FoundationLauren HoustonUniversity of North CarolinaFayetteville, N.C. READ: Faulty transmission KO’s Keselowski ALMS (Georgia)Dontavius AllenGeorgia State UniversityGriffin, Ga. NASCAR Public AffairsRobert Harbour*Florida State UniversityPensacola, Fla. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.last_img read more

Down Royal options open for Riches

first_imgRoad To Riches is likely to feature at Down Royal’s big meeting on November 1 following his narrow reverse to Sizing Europe at Gowran on Saturday. Meade and owners Gigginstown House Stud will, however, also investigate the option of running him on the same card in the Grade Two Powers Irish Whiskey Chase. The County Meath handler said: “He pulled a shoe off (at Gowran) and was a little bit tender, but he’s come out of the race very well and we are very happy with him. “The big race at Down Royal is not guaranteed. There’s also a second-season novice race there which we’ll think about. “We’ll see what the ground is like and what the competition is like before making a decision.” Noel Meade’s seven-year-old failed by just a head in the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase to add further credence to his runaway victory in the Galway Plate in July. Road To Riches is now in contention to step back up to the top table for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at the County Antrim circuit. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

UW’s back-to-basics mentality pays off

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIt was not perfection, but it was a step in the right direction.Coming off the absolute low point in their season a week ago at Minnesota State, the Badgers needed to turn themselves around and build up some momentum heading into the postseason.That turnaround came with a sweep — 1-0 and 3-1 victories over St. Cloud State — and Wisconsin grabbing a share of second place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but it got the job done.”Since my freshman year, I don’t think we’ve won two games in a row going into the stretch for playoffs,” senior assistant captain Tom Gilbert said. “It’s kind of [been] a momentum killer for us, my freshman through my junior year. This is a first, and it’s something to build off of … and get on this winning way again.”Last week’s practices centered around getting back to the basics of hockey and enjoying playing the game, as the players have all their lives. That tactic seemed to work throughout the weekend.Last weekend, UW allowed the Mavericks a variety of opening looks; this weekend, the Badgers got back to blocking shots and clearing rebounds away from the front of the net.”Blocked shots, 50/50 pucks, races to pucks, those are all the little things that [are] a foundation of the game,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “If you don’t do those things, you aren’t going to win.”More specifically, junior goaltender Brian Elliott got back to his basics, working his angles and getting comfortable between the pipes. As a result, he began looking like the netminder that led the nation in both major goaltending statistics through much of the season.”He’s getting pretty close to being in the state he needs to be in.” Eaves said. “Whenever you’re going to go into a playoff, the success you’re going to have starts right between the pipes.”The Badgers returned to the basics and got back to winning in their final regular season matchup. That may not stop their postseason foes from feeling like Wisconsin is unbeatable — as many teams undoubtedly felt just two months ago — but Gilbert thinks that may work to their advantage.”To me, I feel as if we play our best when we are underdogs,” Gilbert said. “This past month and a half has been a downfall for us and this weekend is hopefully just a jolt for us to wake up and realize we are the underdogs the rest of the way.”Special weekend for senior class: Prior to Saturday night’s regular season finale, the Badgers honored the five members of this season’s senior class. To further emphasize the importance of this particular group, Eaves started all five of them — Adam Burish, A.J. Degenhardt, Gilbert, Nick Licari and Ryan MacMurchy.While it didn’t take long for that jumbled group of five to get off the ice and get into its normal rotation of lines, the group didn’t disappoint, notching four points on the night between them.It started when Burish assisted on Joe Pavelski’s goal in the opening minute of the game. Not only did it give the Badgers the early lead, but it ensured that they were focused despite the pregame ceremonies.”You never know what you’re going to get on a Senior Night,” Eaves said. “That’s the best start we could’ve hoped for.”Gilbert later scored on a freak goal seconds into the second period and picked up the primary assist on MacMurchy’s goal, which Eaves said might have been the most important of the night.”Probably the biggest goal was the response on the power play after we got scored on,” Eaves said. “That gave us a little strength there going down the backstretch.”Badgers lose Piskula: While it was important for the Badgers to get back to blocking shots in front of Elliott, it cost them one of their most solid defensemen in the process.Sophomore Joe Piskula — arguably the most-improved player on UW’s roster — blocked a big shot in Friday night’s game and paid the price.”You look back at the beginning of the year, and we were blocking shots left and right,” Elliott said after Friday’s game. “I think in the first period, Piskula had one from the point, and he took it, and it hurt. But that’s what you’ve got to do. We want those ice bags on at the end of the night.”And while that blocked shot seemed like a motivator on Friday night, come Saturday it proved more costly.While Piskula returned to Friday night’s game after blocking that shot, he was unable to be in the lineup on Saturday, and Eaves said the sophomore could be out for much of the postseason.”I think the window is going to be anywhere from two weeks to four weeks, depending on his ability to heal,” Eaves said.The speedy blue-liner with a big frame will definitely be missed against a scrappy Michigan Tech squad and whatever other teams the Badgers may face throughout the postseason.last_img read more