U.S. ARMY CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA'S YOUTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES PROGRAM IN 2006 GLENDORA, Calif. -- The U.S. Army will continue to sponsor the NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) program presented by the U.S. Army during the 2006 ...
U.S. ARMY CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA'S YOUTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES PROGRAM IN 2006
GLENDORA, Calif. -- The U.S. Army will continue to sponsor the NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) program presented by the U.S. Army during the 2006 POWERade Series season, NHRA officials announced this week.
The YES program demonstrates to young men and women the variety of career opportunities within motorsports and the Army. Headlined by the U.S. Army team of three-time and defending Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher and the Pro Stock Motorcycle duo of Angelle Sampey and Antron Brown, speakers encourage students to think about how the decisions they make today will affect their career opportunities later in life. Schumacher, Sampey and Brown are all teammates under Don Schumacher Racing.
"Since becoming the presenter of the YES Program in 2000, the Army has encouraged hundreds of thousands of young men and women to identify and strengthen their individual talents to achieve life-long success," said Col. Thomas Nickerson, director of strategic outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "We're proud to continue this program with a new generation of young Americans."
The U.S. Army offers a variety of experiences for NHRA fans of all ages -- from an impressive interactive display complete with simulators and a rock climbing wall in Nitro Alley to its marquee series of special programs offered in the classroom or at the track.
NHRA's Youth and Education Services Department was founded in 1989 and is one of the premier education programs in motorsports that provides quality programs and activities for schools and youth organizations nationwide. Since its inception, the department has worked directly with more than a million youngsters in free trackside and classroom programs.
At the track, students attend a 45-minute presentation by officials from NHRA, Don Schumacher Racing and the U.S. Army before receiving complimentary tickets to watch a full day of POWERade Series Drag Racing action.
In 2005, nearly 25,000 youth attended YES at events around the country. This year two Funny Car drivers, '05 Auto Club Road to the Future award winner Robert Hight and former high school teacher Gary Densham will inspire youth with stories of their own ascents to the top ranks of the world's fastest motorsport.
"The YES program has been invaluable to NHRA's efforts at youth outreach," said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Our partnership with the U.S. Army has given us the chance to give youth the motivation and ability to spot their unique talents and choose a career path that makes the most of those abilities -- all against the exciting backdrop of NHRA POWERade drag racing."
As one of NHRA's fastest growing programs, YES develops track site and classroom programs for students in kindergarten through college. Staff members team with teachers and youth leaders to focus on four themes: the need for continued education; the value of job specific training; the relevance of establishing clear, attainable goals; and awareness of the tremendous variety of career options.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA has 80,000 racers and members nationwide and 140 member tracks. NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the Street Legal Program presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.