When good friend, supporter and African American Professional Race Car driver, Mr. Sherman Carter, approached chief executive director, Curtis Benjamin about involving the Saving Our Daughters’ new cause Yell Confidence with Sherman Carter over 30 years of experience driving against child abuse, bullying and stopping the violence. he never knew this invitation would include the first African American women race car driver, Ms. Tia Norfleet to join the cause.
Tia always had a positive role in supporting the cause, she has involve her number 34 racing show car against abuse towards children for years in stopping the violence and bullying and now will lend her driving talents for young girls & women against the violence of date abuse & domestic violence.
“We are so Excited on having Tia join so many of our women in film, television, and music to help inspire young women and help overcome this senseless abuse across the country” stated Curtis B.
Saving Our Daughters Yell Confidence’ logo for women will possibly be placed on one of Tia’s show cars this Fall to travel around partnering schools of Saving Our Daughters to help spread the powerful message of Yell as well.
More on Yell Confidence: YELL Confidence! (Youth Empowered Learning & Leadership), one of Saving Our Daughters’ core initiatives, sparks community engagement, public awareness, and the dedication to empower young girls, young women & single mothers.
YELL Confidence! Supports the Saving Our Daughters mission by working directly with celebrity women who have experience levels of domestic violence & date abuse, as the organization utilizes the powerful voices of women such as Grammy Award singer, Kelly Rowland, TV Ones’ R&B Diva, Keke Wyatt, Hip-Hop Mogul Trina, and the confident Nene Leakes from Real Housewives of Atlanta & The New Normal. The campaign also involves the young talent of TV ONES’ Rickey Smiley Show, actress Ajona Alexus who speaks with her peers on positive self image.
YELL! Confidence celebrity women groups are charged with using the powerful messages of public service announcements Produced & Directed by the phenomenal celebrity photographer, Derek Blanks. These public service announcements help share the artists’ unique personal experiences, to help millions of young women take power away from esteem slayers, grow a vigorous sense of self worth, and lead fiercely confident lives.
WELCOME ABOARD TIA!!
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT OUR TIA
Tia loves what she does and she’s determine to work hard to make it happen. Racing is her life. Growing up the daughter of a professional racecar driver (Bobby Norfleet), Tia was introduced to the sport of auto racing at a very young age.
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, but now lives in Augusta, Georgia where racing is not merely a hobby; it’s a way of life. As a second generation licensed NASCAR driver, Tia Norfleet understands what it is to break barriers and she well knows the low odds and risks involved with being a professional racecar driver. None of this matters though.
Female drivers are rare enough in NASCAR, but an African-American as well? It’s never been done. Tia Norfleet is the first and only African American female to be licensed by NASCAR.
Becoming a champion NASCAR driver is a goal she’s been aiming toward for quite some time. “Around the age of 14 is when I really, really knew that this was what I wanted to do for a living; this was my passion,” she stated in an interview with the Huffington Post.
“My finest memory of my racing experience would be when I was about 5. I had a little Corvette car, and my dad put two car batteries in it. I literally drove that car until the wheels fell off. Ever since then, I’ve just been so enthused about motorsports.”
Her father, Bobby Norfleet was a fairly prominent driver himself throughout the ’90s, and is credited with helping the sport gain traction in the African-American community. He lists his three mentors as NASCAR champion Wendell Scott, Hall of Fame driver Alan Kulwicki and singer Gladys Knight, who told him: “Whatever I do for you, you better be willing to do it for somebody else.” Taking that advice to heart, when his daughter began to take a keen interest in the sport, he in turn shifted his focus.
“As a young girl, I knew she had the desire to do it,” Bobby says. “I sort of stepped back on myself and my driving to spend the time on her.” “The talent, that has to be groomed but [she had] the drive and the ambition to do it. [It was] nothing I or her mom ever pushed her into, so that’s half the battle right there. The rest of it is being taught the racing business, and then being taught the discipline of racing. Because racing is not just getting in the car and driving.” And for that, Tia is grateful. “I look up to my dad,” she says. I’ve seen the good and the bad through his eyes.” The “bad” can mean anything from leeches to fake promises to non-sports crises.
Bobby saw the sheer importance of this firsthand through his own career and has in turn educated his daughter the right way. “She understands what not to do,” he says. “She understands who not to be around and the nightmares of the sport. She understands that this is a business like any other business.”
Of course in racing, you can do all of the right things and it just takes but one instance — just one split second — for it all to slip away. With the risk of concussions, spinal injuries and even fatality, this is one of the most dangerous professions a person can choose. Car-accident-advice.com clearly states that: “NASCAR Safety Regulations do not always prevent accidents at race tracks.” The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has had 56 deaths alone, so merely understanding safety equipment doesn’t guarantee safety.
For Tia though, the fear factor simply doesn’t exist. “I don’t focus on getting hurt,” she says. “I don’t pay attention to the crashes. I believe in God and that everything happens for a reason. I say my prayers, I thank him and I just go for what I know.” Safety is a vital element to any driver, really. But in the case of Tia and her father, it plays even more of a role. Bobby is quick to point out that while she is his driver (for Bobby Norfleet Racing), she’s also his child, and that he always errs on the side of caution when possible. “We still have the father daughter,” he says
With that in mind, Bobby and Tia have begun to build something very special together, a father daughter duo that extends far beyond the track. Despite her hectic schedule, the duo remains extremely active in the community, with the sole purpose of educating and inspiring youth.