Educators Enjoy a Day at Monster Mile
On June 4, Delaware State University’s National Association of Black Journalists and NASCAR Multicultural Development teamed up once again to bridge the gap between young media students and the growing sports industry. This is my second opportunity to spend time at Dover International Speedway networking with industry insiders. This year, I had the opportunity to be a part of a group of educators from the Baltimore city and central Delaware areas who were invited to NASCAR not just to see the race, but to learn how to bring a NASCAR stem curriculum to the classroom.
Twanda Pickett, Assistant Principal at The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary of Baltimore, Maryland recounts “I am excited to integrate NASCARS program with what the students are currently learning in the district,” she said.
In addition to learning about the stem initiative, Acceleration Nation, the group also met members of the NASCAR corporate team including Christopher Davis, Managing Director and Chief Security Office for NASCAR. Davis, a former NFL Player who also spent 23 years in the FBI, has been with NASCAR for six month.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to help elevate NASCAR security standards and to work collaboratively with all of our security partners,” Davis said.
The group also met with Dover International Speedway’s Gary Camp and learned about youth summer initiatives and the new kids ticket packages.
Once again, Lauren Houston of NASCAR Multicultural Development introduced a group of people who would have probably never thought of NASCAR as an educational resource. This may be the start of some amazing opportunities for students to receive through NASCAR.