TALLADEGA, AL (April 14)- The Talladega Superspeedway Media Center will be the site of a special Press Conference this Friday, April 14, at 9:45 a.m. The occasion is the announcement of the formation of a new National Racing Education ...
TALLADEGA, AL (April 14)- The Talladega Superspeedway Media Center will be the site of a special Press Conference this Friday, April 14, at 9:45 a.m.
The occasion is the announcement of the formation of a new National Racing Education Association (NREA).
The NREA is an organization that will bring together educators from across the country that share an interest in using racing as an educational tool in schools.
Several groups have joined together to make the NREA a reality, including Raceway Marketing, "NASCAR RFT" magazine, Mach One Marketing and educators from across the country.
NASCAR Legend, Bobby Allison, will be introduced as the Honorary Chairman of this new education effort. Dr. Peggy Connell, the Superintendent of Talladega County Schools, will also serve on the Board of Directors, as will Brett Shelton, the Vice President and General Manager of Talladega Superspeedway.
Other members of the Board of Directors will be introduced, which will include business and education leaders from across the country. NASCAR Busch Series driver, Lyndon Amick, will be one of the Board members who will be on hand for the announcement. Amick, through his "R.A.C.E. with Lyndon" program, has been one of the leaders in his home state of South Carolina in finding ways to use racing to teach students.
In addition to discussing the NREA, the press conference will also be used to announce two teacher workshops that will be hosted at the speedway and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame this summer.
Bobby Allison was a key part of the initial workshop held last summer at the track, and the Teacher Workshop Program, "Rev It Up! Racing Across the Curriculum," is dedicated to Bobby's son, Davey Allison.
The weeklong workshops will be held during the first two weeks of June at the Superspeedway. In addition to working with educators, on the Friday of each workshop, the track and museum will be hosting a one-day "Kids Racing Camp." Students will get to work with teachers at the workshop and be exposed to a wide range of curriculum areas using racing.
The NREA and the workshops will both fall under the direction of Mark Rice, a nationally recognized educator.
The sponsors of this year's workshop include:
The Mississippi Power Education Foundation, Solutia, Inc., Apple Computer, Howard Computers, Mid-South Industries (Thermo-Cool), Mach One Marketing, Raceway Marketing, NASCAR RFT (Racing For Teens) Magazine, The International Hall of Fame Museum, The Talladega Superspeedway, The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, The Alabama Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, Visions Technology in Education, and Knowledge Adventure.
Members of the Board of Directors of the NREA include:
Bobby Allison, National Chairman
Mark Rice, Executive Director
Hal Price, Mach One Marketing
Lyndon Amick, Team Amick Motorsports
Dr. Peggy Connell, Superintendent of Talladega County Schools
Perry Reeves, Visions Technology in Education
Brett Shelton, Vice-President and General Manager, Talladega Superspeedway
Ana-Maria Schwartz, Knowledge Adventure