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NASCAR Diversity Internship Program welcomes new class


Top College Students Kicked Off 10-Week Summer Program with Exclusive Orientation at NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2016) – Twenty-six of the best and brightest college students from across the country and abroad ventured to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend as the sport introduced the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) class at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend.


The 10-week, paid program exposes multicultural college students to employment opportunities within America’s number one motorsport, whether in departments within the sanctioning body or with organizations that NASCAR partners with to enhance the fan experience both on and off the race track. Through an all-inclusive orientation experience, the interns gain a behind-the-scenes look at the business of the sport and insight into prospective careers in motorsports.


“The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has grown to become one of the most popular and attractive internships in sports,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “This program has given talented students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and opportunities for careers in our industry since 2000.”


NDIP continues to grow in popularity year over year. The key to that growth is the ongoing support of industry partners. Companies such as International Speedway Corporation, Roush Fenway Racing, Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Octagon and Taylor have been longstanding supporters of NDIP. Recent partners include Toyota, Switch and Pocono Raceway. These valued partners increase the number of internship opportunities for young talent and contribute to the program’s overall success.


Interns will work in multiple departments including in the areas of engineering, finance, marketing, licensing and public relations. In addition to receiving hand-on experience, the interns will also participate in professional development workshops, networking events and volunteer opportunities throughout their internship experience.


Victoria Kim, a recent graduate of Penn State, participated in the program last summer. Kim also received the NASCAR Diversity Outstanding Intern Award at the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Awards and was recently hired at NASCAR.


“The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program was an incredible opportunity to get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR,” Kim said. “NDIP was a stepping stone and helped me get to where I am today, a full-time employee in the Daytona office for the Touring Series Racing Operations. I am grateful to have been a part of the NDIP class of 2015 and am thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams.”


More than 300 interns have participated in the NDIP since its inception, and many secured full-time jobs in motorsports following their internships. Recent graduates have found roles at Phoenix International Raceway, Richard Petty Motorsports, event marketing agency Switch, and many other companies tied to the industry.


Several NDIP alumni are now employed at NASCAR within multiple business units, including: Brandon Thompson, director, racing operations; Marvin Aylor Jr., manager, marketing; Lauren Houston, senior account executive, multicultural development; Kathryn Lee, manager, events; Jusan Hamilton, senior account executive, industry operations; Ade Herbert, senior coordinator, social media; Jason Simmons, licensing account coordinator; Victoria Kim, coordinator, touring series operations and Cameron McCarty, pit road technician.


“The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has proven to be an effective pipeline for hiring top talent across the industry,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “We have hired several former interns who are important contributors to the sport’s continued growth.”


The 2016 class participated in NASCAR 101 and received guided tours of the NASCAR Research & Development Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway before watching the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.


The class includes the following students from colleges and universities across the country:


Name Department/Organization University Hometown
Adrianne Bright Switch Central Michigan University Flint, Mich.
Andre Reimer NASCAR Business Development Liberty University Sao Paulo, Brazil
Antonio Russo Pocono Raceway Drexel University Valencia, Venezuela
Ariadna Jaramillo NASCAR Public Affairs University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Ibarra, Ecuador
Cameron Joe NASCAR Legal Indiana University – Maurer School of Law Charlotte, N.C.
Chelsea Reaves NASCAR Weekly Touring University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Raleigh, N.C.
Colette Garcia NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications University of Southern California New York, N.Y.
Felix Santana Toyota New Jersey Institute of Technology Franklin, N.J.
Gregory Carty NASCAR  Licensing Winston-Salem State University Durham, N.C.
Ian Jenkins NASCAR Brand Platforms Marketing East Tennessee University Birmingham, Ala.
Isabel D’Elia NASCAR Green Innovation University of San Diego Caracas, Venezuela
Jade McCrary ISC Marketing Florida A&M University Daytona Beach, Fla.
Jasmine Lewis Daytona International Speedway Full Sail University Chicago, Ill.
Jasmine Neely Taylor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charlotte, N.C.
Jorge Jones Rev Racing University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
Keani Chinn NASCAR  Finance Shephard University Honolulu, HI
Keyzza Plaza NASCAR Production Engineering University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Michael Fernandez NASCAR Creative Design The Art Institute of Charlotte FairLawn, N.J.
Michael Rueda Roush Fenway Racing University of Virginia Ashburn, Va.
Peri Karslioglu The NASCAR Foundation Syracuse University Fairfax Station, Va.
Rebecca Toro Condori NASCAR Market Research/Industry Services Virginia Technical University Fairfax, Va.
Sajani Patel NASCAR Human Resources Armstrong State University Savannah, Ga.
Shirley Mendez NASCAR Digital Media North Carolina State University Charlotte, N.C.
Sydnei Fryson NASCAR Multicultural Development Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Charleston, W.V.
Vanessa Watson Octagon University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenly, N.C.
Whitney Martin NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications North Carolina A&T University Charlottesvile, Va.


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).




IndyCar drivers visiting several cities in advance of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 race


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, May 24, 2016) – Quickly becoming as steady a tradition as drinking milk in Victory Lane, the Indianapolis 500 multi-city media tour this year reaches 19 cities across North America and includes the entire field of 33 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers competing in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Drivers today will visit three of Nielsen’s top five Designated Market Areas (DMA) in New York, Dallas and Chicago, along with 16 other cities that feature race markets and top ticket sales markets for the Indy 500. The tour, which began in 2011, allows Verizon IndyCar Series race promoters to push ticket sales and promotion to their local events using the prestige and relevance of the Indianapolis 500. Prior to 2011, drivers would travel collectively to a single event.

First-time pole winner James Hinchcliffe will headline a stout lineup of drivers in New York City, including 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and two-time series race winner Marco Andretti. The drivers were to appear on “Fox and Friends” at 7:35 a.m. ET and will later pose with three historic Indy cars – including the 1952 Sac “Fireboid,” the first turbine-powered car to turn laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – along the Manhattan skyline and famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Front-row starter Josef Newgarden will visit Buffalo, N.Y., as the first in-market driver appearance for the series’ recently announced return to Watkins Glen International on Labor Day weekend. As the city’s name suggests, Newgarden will sample different flavors and sauces of Buffalo wings at the world-famous Anchor Bar.

Several drivers will team with other professional sports teams and athletes throughout the day. Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly will attempt to recall the basketball skills he learned at this year’s NBA All-Star Game when he meets up with Milwaukee Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams at the team’s practice facility in Milwaukee for a game of H-O-R-S-E – or maybe I-N-D-Y.

JR Hildebrand, the 2011 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, will travel to St. Louis for the first pitch at the Cardinals’ baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, where he’ll meet with outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, a motorsports enthusiast from Muncie, Ind. Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will throw out the first pitch at the Chicago White Sox game against the Cleveland Indians.

Fans can tune in to see 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan throughout the day on ESPN “SportsCenter” as he visits ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. ESPN’s network partner ABC will broadcast the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29 (11 a.m. ET).

A complete list of drivers and the cities they will visit is below:

Bethlehem, Pa.: Jack Hawksworth
Bristol, Conn. (ESPN): Tony Kanaan
Buffalo: Josef Newgarden
Charlotte, N.C.: Juan Pablo Montoya
Chicago: Helio Castroneves
Cincinnati: Sage Karam, Mikhail Aleshin
Cleveland: Pippa Mann
Columbus, Ohio: Charlie Kimball
Dallas: Graham Rahal
Dayton, Ohio: Stefan Wilson
Detroit: Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais
Fort Wayne, Ind.: Bryan Clauson, Buddy Lazier
Louisville: Matt Brabham, Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton, Spencer Pigot
Miami: Oriol Servia, Carlos Munoz, Gabby Chaves
Milwaukee: Conor Daly
New York: Will Power, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Townsend Bell
Phoenix: Scott Dixon
St. Louis: JR Hildebrand
Toronto: Takuma Sato, Alex Tagliani




Ohio State Athletic News; last week’s results, this week’s events


Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics

Athletes of the Week

§  T.K. Kelly, men’s golf

o   Kelly, a senior from Wheaton, Ill., won the NCAA Kohler Regional Wednesday and advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championships May 27-29 in Eugene, Ore. Kelly defeated 74 other golfers to take home the top spot.

§  Rio Watanabe, women’s golf

o   Watanabe, a redshirt sophomore from Kamagaya City, Japan, is tied for 15th place out of 132 players at the 2016 NCAA Championships, earning an individual slot in the fourth and final round of stroke play. The redshirt sophomore ranks fourth among players on non-advancing teams through 54 holes, keeping herself in contention for individual hardware.


§  Athletic Director Gene Smith was named 2016 Sports Business Journal Athletics Director of the Year.

§  Ohio State stood second in the latest update of the 2016 Directors’ Cup standings (April 20) and recently celebrated the achievements of a record 561 scholar-athletes (3.0 Grade-Point Average or better) at a ceremony held on campus.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (30-2, 11-0 B1G)

§  After defeating Texas 4-3 for its 17th-consecutive victory, Ohio State advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before falling to Cal 4-3.

§  Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen helped secure the doubles point against the Longhorns, while Chris DiazMartin Joyce and Pollanen won their singles matches to help the cause.

No. 5 Women’s Tennis (28-2, 11-0 B1G)

§  Ohio State defeated No. 17 Georgia Tech to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in team history behind the performances of Francesca Di LorenzoSandy Neihaus and Miho Kowase, who all won in both singles and doubles.

Baseball (38-17-1, 15-9 B1G)

§  After defeating Eastern Michigan and Minnesota twice, Ohio State has won eight of its last nine contests.

§  Taking two out of three from the No. 24-ranked and conference-champion Golden Gophers helped propel OSU into the No. 4 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament.

§  Stars of the weekend included: Ronnie Dawson, who hit two home runs in the Buckeyes’ come from behind 6-5 win on Sunday;  Troy Kuhn, whose two-out RBI single in the ninth inning on Friday helped lead his team to a 3-2 win; and Troy Montgomery, who led the team with six hits over the weekend, including three on Friday.

No. 25 Women’s Golf

§  Led by Watanabe, Ohio State finished 22nd as a team at the NCAA championships with a score of +28.

Softball (34-20-1, 13-9-1 B1G)

§  Ohio State competed in its eighth NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2010, earning a 6-1 win over Marist during its three-game appearance.

§  In the win, Alex BayneEmily Clark and Taylor White all smacked home runs while Shelby Hursh tossed a complete game. Bayne tied the single-season home run record at Ohio State with her 19th round tripper.

§  Bayne, Hursh, Clark and Cammi Prantl were all named to the NFCA All-Midwest Regional team, the most Ohio State selections since 2010.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule


Monday, May 23

§  Women’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

Tuesday, May 24

§  Women’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

Wednesday, May 25

§  Baseball vs. Michigan (B1G Tournament, 10 p.m. – Omaha, Neb.

§  Women’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

Thursday, May 26

§  Track & Field – NCAA East Preliminaries — Jacksonville, Fla.

Friday, May 27

§  Track & Field – NCAA East Preliminaries — Jacksonville, Fla.

§  Men’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

§  Rowing – NCAA Championships – Gold River, Calif.

Saturday, May 28

§  Track & Field – NCAA East Preliminaries — Jacksonville, Fla.

§  Men’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

§  Rowing – NCAA Championships – Gold River, Calif.


Sunday, May 29

§  Men’s Golf – NCAA Championships, All Day – Eugene, Ore.

§  Rowing – NCAA Championships – Gold River, Calif.







Columbus Crew SC players Harrison Afful, Cedrick Mabwati get International Callups


Afful (Ghana) and Mabwati (DR Congo) receive call from respective international federations ahead of international friendlies, Africa Cup of Nations qualification

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2016


COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that two of its players have received international call-ups from their respective federations: Harrison Afful (Ghana) and Cedrick Mabwati (DR Congo). Both players join their National Teams in advance of international friendly matches in addition to qualification contests for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Afful and Ghana are slated to play a friendly match against Guinea on May 28 in Paris before they take on Mauritius in Port Louis on June 5 in Group H qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Black Stars currently are atop their group with 10 points from four games played and can clinch qualification into the final tournament with a victory over Club M. Afful has earned 60 caps all-time for Ghana, with his last coming in AFCON qualification earlier this season on March 27.

Mabwati joins DR Congo ahead of three contests: two international friendlies and one qualification match for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Leopards play friendlies against Romania on May 25 in Paris and against Egypt on May 30 in Alexandria before facing Madagascar in AFCON qualification in Antananarivo on June 5. DR Congo currently is atop Group B with nine points from its first four matches. Mabwati has earned 16 caps for the Leopards throughout his career with his last coming on November 12, 2015 in FIFA World Cup qualification against Burundi.

Of the 25 players currently on the Black & Gold active roster, 14 have received a senior National Team call-up throughout their careers (Afful, Corey Ashe, Conor Casey, Ethan Finlay, Waylon Francis, Ola Kamara, Emil Larsen, Mabwati, Cristian Martinez, Justin Meram, Michael Parkhurst, Rodrigo Saravia, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp).

The Black & Gold continue the 2016 Major League Soccer campaign by hosting Real Salt Lake at MAPFRE Stadium this Saturday, May 28 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: EAS Training Center at Obetz


Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2016 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 18th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States – where the club set single-season sellout records and hosted the 2015 MLS Cup. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.




Ohio Northern Women’s Track & Field has nine selected to All-Great Lakes Region team

Women's Track & Field lands nine All-Great Lake Region honorees
May 23, 2016

ADA — Women’s track and field landed nine All-Great Lake Region honorees announced by the USTFCCCA Monday afternoon.

Senior Sarah Ballmer, junior Kelsey Commager, junior Meagan Ellinger, junior Allie Gast, senior Michelle Mosler, junior Kendra Paul, freshman Maddy Reed, sophomore Emily Richards, and senior Kristine Wagner all received the honor.

Ballmer receives All-Region honors in the pole vault after clearing a season best height of 11 feet 11.75 inches.

The senior earns her first All-Region honor of the season.

Commager claims her second All-Region honor of the season after being named All-Great Lake Region during the indoor season.

She receives the honor in the triple jump after setting the school record with a leap of 38 feet .25 inches.

Ellinger claimed All-Region honors as a member of the 4×400-meter relay that also broke a school record with a time of 3:55.69.

The junior claims her first All-Region honor of the season.

Gast claims her second All-Region honor for the 2015-16 season.

The junior earns the honor in the 100-meter hurdles after posting an NCAA qualifying time of 14.42.

Mosler was also a member of the record breaking 4×400-meter relay.

The senior garners her first All-Region honor for the season.

Paul led the Polar Bears in the javelin throw with a season best toss of 130 feet 7 inches.

She also claims her first All-Region honor for the 2015-16 season.

Reed garners her first All-Region accolade in the pole vault.

The freshman punched her ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships with a height of 12 feet 6 inches.

Richards earns All-Region honors in the 400-meter run, 800-meter run, 1,500-meter run, and the 4×400-meter relay.

The sophomore set school records in the 800-meter run (2:02.54), 400-meter run (55.14) and the 4×400-meter relay.

Wagner claims her first All-Region honor of the season in the heptathlon and the 4×400-meter relay.

The senior led the Polar Bears in the heptathlon posting a school record breaking 4,399 points.

The Polar Bears will conclude their season this week at the NCAA Division III Championships.




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