NCAA CHAMP NAMED HONORARY RACE OFFICIAL
Arizona State 125-pounder overcame disability to win 2011 National Championship title
Phoenix native & ASU champ Anthony Robles
Phoenix native and Arizona State University NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles – who was born without his right leg – can add another title to his long list of honors. Robles has been named Honorary Race Official for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 13 and will help rev up the crowd for the NASCAR weekend’s signature event.
“With the support of my family and my coaches, I believed I could one day be a champion wrestler… I believed that I could be unstoppable,” said Robles. “I am honored to have been chosen to stand in front of my hometown crowd as an Honorary Race Official for the Kobalt Tools 500.”
Robles began his wrestling career at a young age and battled through defeat before finishing his junior and senior years at Mesa High School with a 96-0 record and a high school national championship title. Robles entered ASU as a redshirt freshman and went on to compile a 122-23 record and capture three Pac-10 titles, a 2011 NCAA title and national tournament’s Best Wrestler Award.
2011 was a banner year for Robles. Beyond his accolades at ASU – where he graduated with a degree in business communications – he was honored as the recipient of the “Jimmy V Award” and the Best Male Performance by an Athlete with a Disability at the ESPYs. He also received the National Football League’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
By the end of this year, Robles will have shared his story and motivational philosophy with more than 15,000 high school and college students and 2,000 coaches throughout the nation and both those numbers are projected to double in 2012. He is a Nike athlete, has been named an exclusive motivational speaker for the Washington Speakers Bureau and his book is scheduled to be released in the Spring/Summer of next year by Gotham Books.
Although grandstand seats for the November 13, Kobalt Tools 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are sold out, Hillside tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 are still available. Fans can also purchase Hillside tickets and grandstand tickets for the November 12, WYPALL* 200 by calling 866-408-RACE (7223) or by clicking here. Hillside tickets do not allow access into the main PIR gates including the Fan Midway.
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