Captains of Gold-Medal Winning USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to be Joey Logano's Guests During All-Star Weekend in Charlotte Defending Sprint Cup Series RoY to Give Team First-Hand Look at Big Weekend CONCORD, NC (May 11, 2010) -- Being...
Captains of Gold-Medal Winning USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to be Joey Logano's Guests During All-Star Weekend in Charlotte
Defending Sprint Cup Series RoY to Give Team First-Hand Look at Big Weekend
CONCORD, NC (May 11, 2010) -- Being in the spotlight and treated like a star is nothing new for Joey Logano. When you are the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year and a public figure, it comes with the territory. So Joey Logano hopes that he'll be able to give that "star" experience to another group of people; a group he feels much more deserving of the honor than himself.
Logano will host three members of the gold-medal winning 2010 USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team during the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22nd. The team members - Steve Cash (Goaltender), Taylor Lipsett (Forward) and Jimmy Connelly (Defenseman) - will be guests of Joey for the entire weekend and will hang out with the team and Joey during one of the highlight nights of the Sprint Cup season. The three team members will also be Joey's special guests at the Joey Logano Fan day on Sunday, May 23rd, at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC.
Logano has a special place in his heart for the Paralympic Sled Hockey team. Logano teamed up with the Extreme Ice Center back in late 2009 to start on a project to design, develop, build and donate new sleds for the US Paralympic team in hopes of helping the team come one step closer to achieving their goals and winning gold at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The team used the new sleds in March during the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, Canada and won the gold medal, winning all five of their games and outscoring opponents 19-0. The U.S. team defeated South Korea, Czech Republic, Japan (twice) and Norway en route to the gold.
"These guys are just inspiring," said Logano, who has a guaranteed starting spot in the All-Star event following his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last season. "I really wish we could have the whole team here, but to just have some of the guys represented is a great honor for me. They put their heart and soul into the game of hockey and it showed when they won the gold medal. I figured bringing them down to experience the All-Star weekend would be a cool experience for them. And it's a great way to just say thanks to a group of guys who don't get the attention that the regular Olympians do, but who are far more inspiring.
"I can't wait to show them around and let them see what it is like on the racing side of things. From what I've heard, the guys are real excited to come experience it all and it will be my pleasure to have them as my guests for the weekend."
Cash, one of three team captains, led the charge for the gold in Vancouver. The goalie made 33 saves and didn't allow a single goal during the US team's march to first place. A St. Louis, MO-native, Cash was diagnosed with osterosarcoma (bone cancer) of the right knee in October 1992 and underwent amputation surgery at the age of three. Cash was named the 2009 United States Olympic Committee Paralympic SportsMan of the Year.
Lipsett, another team captain who hails from Mesquite, Texas, scored five goals and two assists during the Winter Games as a Forward. Lipsett, who suffers from a genetic bone disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta (sometimes known as "brittle bone disease"), works for Bank of America's Private Wealth Management Division and would like to specialize in wealth management for athletes.
Connelly is a Defenseman who resides in Galloway, N.J. Connelly was born with spina bifida, a birth defect caused by the incomplete formation of vertebrae. He is currently attending The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
"We've watched and followed these guys ever since they got their new sleds and they have done nothing but impress us with their tenacity," said Mike Mulhall, General Manager of the Indian Trail, NC-based Extreme Ice Center, who spearheaded the project from the start. "These guys put a lot of time and effort into doing what they do and representing the United States. So, hopefully bringing them into town and letting them experience a little NASCAR flavor will be something that will stick with them. And, it will be the Ice Center and the Logano's way of just saying thanks."
For more information on Joey Logano, visit his website at www.joeylogano.com.
For more information on Extreme Ice Center, visit them on the web at www.xicenter.com or call 704-882-1830.
For more information on USA Hockey, visit them at www.usahockey.com.