COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 19, 2015 – Former American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) racer and VETMotorsports founder Peter Cline received the 2015 AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award at the AMA MotoAmerica event at Road Atlanta on Saturday, April 18.
The award, named in honor of hall-of-fame motorcycle racer Hazel Kolb, recognizes people and entities that significantly increase the positive perception of motorcycling.
VETMotorsports is a non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured warfighters through active participation in motorsports. The two-year-old organization already has helped more than 65 injured warfighters participate in 35 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States.
“The Hazel Kolb Award means a great deal to us because it’s VETMotorsports’ partnership with the AMA that allowed the program to get off the ground in first place and to reach so many veterans in such a short period of time,” said Cline. “We’re currently losing 22 veterans a day to suicide, and our ability to develop and advance programs like this brings new meaning and a new mission into their lives. And that doesn’t just have a positive impact on motorcycling; it has a positive impact on families and communities. We’re incredibly proud of that, and this incredible recognition from the AMA.”
One of VETMotorsports’ warfighters will be embedded with MotoAmerica team Latus Motors Racing during the Road Atlanta race weekend. As a Triumph factory team, Latus Motors Racing is participating in Castrol’s VETMotorsports Performance Match Fund, which awards bonuses to VETMotorsports based on participating teams’ on-track results in 2015.
Founded in 2012, Veteran Empowerment Through Motorsports (VETMotorsports) is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that embeds qualifying warfighters with existing race teams to provide them with unique motorsports experiences. By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. To date VETMotorsports has helped more than 65 injured warfighters participate in 35 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. To learn more about VETMotorsports, participate in the program, or make a donation, visit www.VETMotorsports.org.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com