|NSU alumna succeeding at NASCAR|
|Published Thursday, October 15, 2020|
Norfolk State alumna Brehanna Daniels continues to shine on the racing circuit.
Daniels received a Crew Member award at the 13th annual NASCAR Driver for Diversity Awards. In 2018, she became the first black woman to pit in NASCAR’s top series. She followed that up in 2019 by becoming the first black woman and first black graduate of the diversity program to pit at the Daytona 500. Teammate Breanna O’Leary joined her in Daytona.
Daniels attended Louisburg College before transferring to the Spartans, where she played on the basketball team for two seasons.
"As we continue in our mission to enhance diversity across this great sport, we are inspired by the stories and efforts of so many leaders within the industry who are setting positive examples and driving meaningful change," NASCAR President Steve Phelps said. "We are proud to recognize these 10 individuals and organizations whose hard work and accomplishments are having a profound impact and contributing to a more diverse and inclusive NASCAR."
St. Aug’s gets new FAR
St. Augustine’s sports management professor Umar Muhammad has been appointed the university’s new faculty athletic representative.
The latest is another in a long list of job titles Muhammad has, including head coach. He and Mark Janas made history this summer after being selected to head up the Falcons inaugural cycling team, the only HBCU team in the country.
“Our student-athletes have to manage their academic and athletic pursuits daily, but especially now during this pandemic and after, it becomes even more important to surround them with relationships that can support them,” he said.
The Durham native is president and founder of USports Consulting. Several years ago, he helped run the Bull City Legacy, a professional basketball team that played in the Tobacco Road Basketball League. He is also pursuing his Doctor of Education in sports management from the U.S. Sports Academy.
North Carolina Central has raised just under $165,000 in its virtual homecoming campaign. The goal is to reach $750,000 by Oct. 31, so there’s still much work, uh, money to do. Chop shop, folks!!
* Over in Raleigh, the Shaw U vs. Corona virtual homecoming is Oct. 19-25. Alumni are being asked to send what they would normally spend at homecoming. There will also be some virtual events. Visit www.shawu.edu.
North Carolina A&T women’s bowling coach Kim Terrell-Kearney recently made history by becoming the first woman to coach an all-female team in the Professional Bowlers Association.
“This is a great honor to have the chance to work with the best women in the world,” Terrell-Kearney said. “The women get a chance to compete with the men, the best in the world, and see where we stack up. We have five girls that believe they can win.”
Terrell-Kearney was also named an assistant coach for Team USA.
From college to pro
Norfolk State alumna Chanette Hicks will begin her professional career in Switzerland.
The 2019-20 MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year inked a deal with Esperance Sportive Pully in the Swiss Basketball League. Hicks led the MEAC in scoring, assists and steals.
Academy Sports + Outdoors has entered into new multiyear partnerships with the SWAC and SIAC.
“Academy Sports + Outdoors has made a significant investment within our league and local communities with this partnership," said SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland. “We’re extremely excited to welcome them to our family of sponsors as our overall core values and principles align in many facets, and we view this partnership as one that's mutually beneficial." Too bad more companies still don’t have a clue how beneficial HBCU sports sponsorships can be.
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