Four Medal of Honor recipients to be recognized during race weekend
For the fifth consecutive year, Daytona International Speedway will recognize four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 4-6.
The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, are:
Walter J. "Joe" Marm, Second Lt., U.S. Army
Gary Littrell, Sgt. First Class, U.S. Army
Robert Patterson, Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Bruce Crandall, Major, U.S. Army.
NASCAR seeks diversity applicants
Rising stars Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. capitalized on their opportunity under the NASCAR Drive for Diversity banner, and now enjoy regular success in NASCAR's national series. Soon, the next generation of talent will be welcomed -- and that process starts now.
Applications are being accepted online for the NASCAR D4D Combine until Aug. 26.
For the application, visit http://revracing.net/combine-application.
Mr. Larson and Mr. Wallace, both competing in their rookie seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, participated in the program after being selected at the annual NASCAR D4D Combine.
Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 26 as of Oct. 15, and must be a member of an ethnic minority classification or a female of U.S. citizenship.
All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots, local or regional racing.
To learn more about NASCAR, the NASCAR D4D program and other diverse initiatives, visit www.nascardiversity.com.
Softball season to begin
The meeting for the upcoming men's and co-ed softball seasons will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the maintenance building past the softball fields at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex, 1800 Turnbull Bay Road.
The cost for the men's season is tentatively set for $675 per team. This cost will include 16 games plus a playoff with award T-shirts for a winning team in each division. The men's season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 10, and will play on Monday and Wednesday nights. The deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 8.
The cost for the co-ed season is tentatively set for $500 per team. This cost will include 12 games. The co-ed season is tentatively scheduled to begin on Friday, July 12, and will play on Friday nights. The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, July 10.
Teams interested in playing should have a representative at the meeting.
Men's and co-ed teams can sign up at the recreation office at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St.
For more information, call (386) 424-2271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embry-Riddle Team to compete in women's cross-country air race classic
A team from Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus represented the university in the 2013 Air Race Classic, a four-day transcontinental flight competition for female pilots.
Pilot Valdeta Mehanja and co-pilot Danielle Erlichman were selected by Embry-Riddle College of Aviation administrators on the basis of their piloting skills, competitive spirit, and knowledge of aviation, safety, navigation, meteorology and crew resource management. The team flew a Cessna 172 aircraft from the university's fleet.
The Embry-Riddle women competed against 45 other teams from around the world, including 12 from other universities. This year's race began at Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Wash., on June 18. The racers must navigate and check into airports in nine cities on the 2,458-statute-mile route, completing their journey at Drake Field Airport in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, June 21.
Ms. Mehanja is pursuing a bachelor's of science in Aeronautical Science and is a flight instructor. Co-pilot Erlichman holds the same degree and is working as a flight instructor while pursuing an master's degree in Aeronautics. Ms. Erlichman also competed in last year's Air Race Classic, her team beating all other collegiate teams and placing No. 2 in the overall competition.
The Daytona Beach team's website is http://riddleracers.wix.com/riddleracervii#.
Tennis camp planned
DeLand Parks and Recreation Tennis Pro Brad Erlandson will be conducting a tennis camp for boys and girls ages 6-14 at the DeLand Parks and Recreation tennis center.
Field trips are included. The camp will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28.
The cost per child is $100 for early registration and $110 for late registrations after June 24.
The registration can be paid at the DeLand Parks and Recreation office.
For more information, call (386) 626-7280 or visit www.deland.org.
Soccer clinics slated
DeLand Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of soccer clinics throughout the summer.
The clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6 to16.
The dates for the clinics will be Thursdays, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.
The cost for all sessions is $25.
The times will be 6 to 6:50 p.m. for ages 6-9 and 7 to 7:50 p.m. for ages 10-16.
Register at the fields before the clinic or in the Parks and Rec office at 230 N. Stone St, DeLand.
For more information, call (386) 626-7280.