NABJ Receives 2016 NASCAR Diversity Award
Monday, February 22, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2016) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was honored by NASCAR at the Daytona International Speedway in the lead up to the Daytona 500 last week. NABJ is the recipient of the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Institution Award. NABJ President Sarah Glover and Sports Task Force Member Ricky Clemons were presented with the award on Friday in Daytona.
"It was truly humbling to be recognized by NASCAR for this prestigious honor," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Diversity is one of our founding principles and daily we maintain our commitment to championing the cause for diversity in newsrooms, management, entrepreneurship, and academia for black journalists worldwide. On behalf of all of our members, I thank NASCAR for recognizing the importance of diversity to providing balanced coverage of our communities."
The NASCAR Diversity Awards recognize the people and organizations in motorsports that champion diversity and inclusion in eight categories: Industry Ambassador, Diverse Driver, Ignition Award, Diverse Intern, Institution, Partner, Young Driver, and Pit Crew.
Driven by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, the NASCAR Diversity Awards has become the leading means to recognize multicultural accomplishments across the motorsports industry.
The winners are chosen based on participation or support of NASCAR's year-round diversity and inclusion initiatives including: NASCAR Drive for Diversity, the leading driver and crew member development program in motorsports; the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, a paid internship program for ethnically-diverse candidates with high academic standing from elite institutions; and the NASCAR Opinion Leader Initiative, which engages multicultural community, civic, and professional organizations.
"Becoming more diverse and inclusive is a huge priority at NASCAR and we continue to make long-term investments to boost female and minority participation across every level of our sport, on and off the track," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "Widening our appeal is critical to our continued expansion and we are proud to honor today's winners, and many others across the industry, for their hard work and support."