Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson has been named as a presenter at the 11th Annual Urban Wheel Awards at downtown Detroit's Max M. Fisher Music Center on Jan. 9, 2007.
Along with Acting Chair of the Edward Davis Educational Foundation and Director of Supplier Development at General Motors Diane Freeman, Granderson will present the recipients of the 2007 Edward Davis Education Foundation Scholarship.
The mission of the foundation is to promote awareness of opportunities in the automotive industry and to support ethnic minority youth through scholarships, internships and mentoring programs.
"I'm very excited (to present). I've seen a lot of award shows throughout my life, and now I get to not only be in attendance at one, I will be presenting an award as well. It's truly an honor," Granderson stated.
"I think diversity is what the United States and World is all about. When you look on the road, everyday people pass in their vehicles' all backgrounds, demographics, and ethnicities on their ways to work, school, or just for a drive. Any way to promote and encourage minorities in an industry is always a great thing. This industry (automobile) is one that has been a around for a long time, and is a huge part of life for all people."
This Urban Wheel Awards recognizes contributions made to diversity by companies and individuals committed to the growing multicultural automotive community and benefiting the Edward Davis Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to minority students pursuing degrees related to the automotive industry. The Urban Wheel Awards are in conjunction with the International Auto Show, also taking place in Detroit, Mich.
Granderson helped lead the Tigers to an American League championship and World Series berth for the first time in 22 years in 2006. He had a strong playoff season, hitting three homeruns, driving in seven runs and having 12 hits.
During the regular season, his first full season at the major league level, Granderson hit 19 home runs and drove in 68 runs while posting a .260 batting average.
The awards will honor automotive companies and executives in the following categories: Company of the Year, African-American Executive of the Year, Latino Executive of the Year, Asian Executive of the Year, Minority Supplier of the Year, Urban Truck of the Year, Urban Car of the Year and Diversity Automotive Advertisement of the Year. Last year, the first annual Diversity Motorsports Award was presented to Mike Helton, president of NASCAR for its many diversity initiatives.
It will be hosted by Vivica A. Fox and Alex Reymundo with other special guest presenters including Brian Tee (Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift), Vickie Winans (Gospel Singer) Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Tamia (singer).
Since its inception, OnWheels, Inc., and the Urban Wheel Awards have made a significant impact on increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness at all levels of the automotive marketplace.
For more information on the Urban Wheel Awards, visit www.OnWheelsInc.com/UrbanWheel/default.asp.