AURORA, Ill. (May 17, 2007) — Matthew Langham, of Kissimmee, Fla., was awarded the Jeremy McGrath Scholarship at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium when the seven-time supercross champion made the announcement during the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series finals.
The Jeremy McGrath Scholarship awards $20,000 toward the program of choice at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI)’s campuses in Phoenix, Ariz. or Orlando, Fla. MMI is a provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional motorcycle technicians.
“It is so hard to choose just one winner, said Jeremy McGrath. “I think any of the top four I called would have done great things with this scholarship. Matthew was very enthusiastic during my interview and I just felt he was the one. I’m glad to be able to give something back to the sport that has given so much to me and my family.
“This is the fourth year that Live Nation and Jeremy McGrath, who personally selects the winner, have supported this scholarship program, said Terry Emig, director of Motorsports and Event Marketing for MMI. “Their commitment and the dedication of the previous recipients, who all excelled at MMI and in the industry, have made this a successful program. We are honored to be part of the program and helping someone achieve their dream.
Students who were interested in attending MMI submitted an application and a two-minute DVD expressing why they should receive the 2007 MMI/Jeremy McGrath scholarship. The school received 61 entries and a panel of judges narrowed them down to 10. McGrath personally reviewed the 10 semi-finalist DVDs and then conducted phone interviews with four finalists before choosing Langham.
“I couldn’t believe it when Jeremy called me, said Matthew. I wanted this so bad. My whole family is really excited. I graduate from High School soon and will be attending MMI in Orlando Florida in February 2008.
In its fourth year, the Jeremy McGrath Scholarship has been awarded to students with a passion for working with motorcycles. In fact, the first two recipients — Eric Salava (2004) and Todd Hunn (2005) — graduated at the top of their class and moved on to rewarding careers in the motorcycle industry. Last year’s winner Mary Morgan, the first female recipient, is currently attending MMI’s Orlando campus.
“Supercross fans are some of the most passionate sports’ fans on the planet,” said Ryan McSpadden, vice president of sales, Live Nation Motor Sports. “By providing one deserving supercross fan the opportunity to attend the MMI school of his choice on full scholarship, we are giving that fan a chance to make a career out of his passion. We are very pleased to be able to give back to the supercross community with this scholarship year after year.”
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About Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP"¢/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, produced and promoted by Live Nation is a 17-round global off-road motorcycle stadium racing circuit. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2006-2007, the 17-event Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series is a 16-event series solely conducted in the United States. The other Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedwayorporation and is not a part of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP. An Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 94 affiliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events. Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. In addition to its involvement with Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP. For more information on Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/ Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.supercrossonline.com.
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc. and Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
Universal Technical Institute, Inc. is a provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional automotive, collision repair, diesel, marine and motorcycle technicians. The company offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 10 campuses across the United States, and manufacturer-sponsored advanced programs at 18 dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). For more information, visit www.uticorp.com.
About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.
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