NASCAR College Tour Enters Seventh Season DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2007) -- The 2007 NASCAR College Tour kicked off at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. this week. The tour, in its seventh...
NASCAR College Tour Enters Seventh Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2007) -- The 2007 NASCAR College Tour kicked off at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. this week. The tour, in its seventh year, will participate in events at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) throughout the year to raise awareness about the NASCAR industry and the career opportunities available.
"The NASCAR College Tour has been a valuable tool in building a greater awareness of NASCAR among minority students," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR managing director of public affairs, who oversees the diversity department. "We have been visiting the campuses of HBCU's for six years and have been able to educate the students about NASCAR. The College Tour has also helped recruit students for the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program and the Wendell Scott Scholarships."
NASCAR representatives are participating in several aspects of the CIAA Tournament, the first stop for the NASCAR College Tour. Representatives were present at High School Day and Career Day to collect resumes and distribute information about careers in the NASCAR industry. The Ford Fan Experience will feature NASCAR show cars and an information booth. NASCAR will also participate in the President's Dinner and the Coca-Cola Reception.
NASCAR will have a presence at the Showtime to Apollo presented by Coca-Cola. Twelve students representing each school in the CIAA will participate in the singing competition; the winner will sing the national anthem at an upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
In addition, the Steve Harvey Morning Show will interview Bill Lester and will discuss the Drive for Diversity program and other NASCAR diversity initiatives. The nationally-syndicated talk show will be broadcast live from the Charlotte Convention Center.
"Our participation in the CIAA Tournament has given NASCAR the opportunity to reach out to students who may not be familiar with NASCAR and the various opportunities available within the sport," Jadotte said.
The NASCAR College Tour will continue in March at Clark Atlanta University for a special episode of NASCAR Angels. After that, trips will be made to Florida A&M University (FAMU) and South Carolina State.
In the fall, the NASCAR College Tour will continue with events planned at several HBCU Classic Football Games including the Atlanta Football Classic (FAMU vs. Tennessee State), the Florida Classic (FAMU vs. Bethune-Cookman College) and the Bayou Classic (Southern vs. Grambling).