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'01 alumnus, IndyCar PR pro to be honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne Co.

October 04, 2016

Michael CroppedThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will honor Mike Kitchel ‘01 for inspiring others to be positive role models and leaders in their communities as part of the Smart Futures dinner on Oct. 13. The theme of the event is “Start Your Engines, Keeping Kids on Track.”

Kitchel is the communications director for IndyCar, an American championship auto racing series. Prior to 2014, he spent more than a decade in the same role with championship-winning IndyCar Series team Panther Racing.

Kitchel oversees all media relations efforts for the IndyCar Series, which includes the development and execution of the corporate communications strategy, organization of media events, stunts and event promotions as well as overseeing crisis communications and serving as the series spokesman.

During his three seasons with IndyCar, the series has experienced annual growth in television ratings, attendance, earned media and produced the first-ever sellout of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – the largest single-day sporting event in the world.

At Earlham, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and was the recipient of the department’s Warren Staebler Award, given annually to one graduating senior who “combines a love of literature and the arts with high intellectual standards and a concern for the welfare of others.”

A native of Centerville, Ind., Kitchel was an accomplished football player in high school and college, which included being named All-Conference quarterback at Centerville High School and offensive MVP and team captain during his four seasons at Earlham.

The special guest speakers for the annual dinner will be Fox Sports reporter Vince Welch and IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan.

For more information or to buy tickets to the dinner, call Jennifer Ochoa at the Club 765-962-6922, e-mail at jochoa@bgcrichmond.org.

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The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Members of the clubs, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, we serve over 2,500 youth at four locations: the Jeffers, Central, Fairview and Hagerstown units and during the summer at our 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. We offer programs and activities in five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts & Sports and Fitness & Recreation.

 Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.





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