WSSU Motorsports Program Brings Racing to Triad Minority Youths

By Staff

With the help of Matt Murphy, the 14-year-old local racing sensation, the Motorsports Management Program at Winston-Salem State University will introduce Winston-Salem and Greensboro young people to the many sides of racing at three Diversity in Motion Initiative camps in July.


The camps, which are free and for local students from kindergarten through high school, will be held on Thursday, July 16, at the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club, 2100 Reynolds Park Road in Winston-Salem; Friday, July 17, at the Korean First Presbyterian Church, 318 Stage Coach Trail in Greensboro; and Tuesday, July 21, at the International Boys and Girls Club, 2850 New Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem. All of the camps are from 10 a.m. until 12 pm. A total of approximately 350 youths are expected to participate.

“The Diversity in Motion Initiative camps are designed especially to expose minority youth to career opportunities that exist in motorsports beyond what they may see on television,” said Dr. Clay Harshaw, assistant professor at WSSU and coordinator for the university’s motorsports management program.

“Our program provides students with the education and training they need to work in the management, marketing and communications aspects of this global business. These camps help us get young people to look at these opportunities in the field besides being a driver, an engineer or a mechanic. Plus, we make the events a lot of fun.”

Matt Murphy, who is from Charlotte, began racing at the age of six under the direction of his grandfather, Winston-Salem resident Clarence Millner who is a former winner in the modified 470 stock car division. In addition to posting outstanding finishes on the track, Murphy is also an A/B student, has created Project SHARE to serve homeless youth, and is gaining a reputation as a motivational speaker. This year, he is racing in the Pro All-Stars Series Pro Late Model class and is currently third in the points.

In addition to having Murphy on hand to talk with the young people, the camp will feature a variety of games and activities centered around auto racing.