AURORA, Ill. (July 3, 2001) -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) presented Cincinnati Reds slugger Ken Griffey Jr. with the Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award on Thursday at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The award is the AMA's highest...
AURORA, Ill. (July 3, 2001) -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) presented Cincinnati Reds slugger Ken Griffey Jr. with the Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award on Thursday at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The award is the AMA's highest honor for activities that generate good publicity for motorcycling.
The all-star outfielder, accompanied by his son, Trey, accepted the award in front of thousands of baseball fans before the Reds took on the visiting Chicago Cubs. Robert Rasor, President of the AMA, and his son, Robby, were on hand to present the award.
Griffey, who rides motorcycles on a regular basis, entered Trey, 7, in the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge during round six of EA SPORTS Supercross in Indianapolis. As a role model for youngsters throughout the country, the former Seattle Mariner was nominated for the award because of his positive promotion of motorcycling as a family-oriented activity.
"I get more excited about him doing it than what I do," said Griffey Jr. "If he goes over a jump I am like 'yea!' He says, 'you hit a home run' I go, 'alright.'"
Also in attendance, as a personal guest of Griffey, was 15-year-old James Stewart, an amateur speedster on the brink of a professional supercross career. The youngster will make his pro debut next season after a stellar run in the amateur ranks, where he broke 2001 EA SPORTS Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael's record for all-time wins. Stewart will be the first African-American rider to compete on the circuit in more than a decade.
The Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award, created in February of 1987, honors the public relations accomplishments of Hazel Kolb, the first woman to serve on the AMA board of trustees. Past recipients include talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, country singer Lyle Lovett, comedian Dan Aykroyd, television personality Al Roker, Tonight Show host Jay Leno and actor Harrison Ford.