Racing is his passion; but not his only one. Zach is a national spokesperson for The Great American NO BULL Challenge, a video contest and star-studded awards ceremony just for teens who are standing up to end cyberbullying. The Great American NO BULL Challenge is presented by The Cyber Safety Academy and was created by cyber safety expert and bestselling author Shawn Edgington.
Zach knows what it is liked to be bullied. In junior high, Zach proudly wore racing memorabilia to school, including a cap presented to him after winning a race in Indianapolis. A school bully, who was bigger than Zach and a football player, snatched the cap, threw it in the trash and poured milk on it. Zach says bullies, "Go out and find kids who want to be different, like me." Whether it's old-fashioned bullying or cyberbullying, Zach wants it to stop. And he's urging teens to get involved in the campaign and submit their videos. Videos submissions begin January 15th at www.nobullchallenge.org.
Zach's family is supportive of his racing; especially his father who competed in truck and tractor pull competitions. He sold the truck to give his son the chance to race, beginning at age 12. Zach says, "My Dad gave me the opportunity. One day I have to buy him another truck." Zach's mother, who is a nurse, is also a fan, but worries about injuries.
In his everyday life, Zach prefers the passenger's seat. That way he can use his iPad, and also text. Zach is a strong believer in not texting while driving and is spreading that word.
Zach plans to make public appearances on behalf of The Great American NO BULL Challenge in the new year, and Zach is available to talk to the media about this important drive to stop cyberbullying in its tracks.
And, as for the bully he faced in the eighth grade, Zach now sees that experience as prophetic. They pour milk over the head, and cap, of the winner of the Indianapolis 500. Someday, that may be Zach Veach.
About The Great American NO BULL Challenge and the Cyber Safety Academy:
The Cyber Safety Academy presents The Great American NO BULL Challenge and the NO BULL Teen Video Awards as a way to change the national conversation about cyberbullying and save lives. The national campaign was founded by Shawn Edgington, a cyber-safety expert and the President of The Cyber Safety Academy. The Great American NO BULL Challenge inspires America's 25 million teens to stand up and come together to eliminate cyberbullying. Beginning January 15th, students will write and direct their own videos to create Public Service Announcements with an anti-bullying theme.
Fifteen finalists will be invited to attend the star-studded NO BULL Teen Video Awards in San Francisco, promoted by Live Nation. At the NO BULL Teen Video Awards, teens will see amazing artists perform live, and meet and greet their favorite celebrities. Plus they will have the chance to win $25,000 worth of prizes and have their video introduced to America.
NO BULL Campaign founder Shawn Edgington, is also the CEO of a national insurance firm and the author of the bestselling book, "The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World".
The Campaign's Strategic Partners:
The campaign's strategic partners include: iSafe, National Organizations for Youth Safety, FCCLA, teenDailyStrength, 4-H, Students Against Destructive Decisions, HealthCorps, The Anti-Defamation League, Business Professionals of America, Project Change, American School Counselor Association, The Megan Meier Foundation, National Collaboration for Youth, The Bully Police Squad, Jay Banks Productions, Social Shield, GuestAssist Campus, Formspring and the Boys and Girls Clubs America.
The NO BULL Teen National Spokespeople:
The NO BULL Teen Spokespeople include: Zach Veach, Zoe Oz (daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz), Nicole Edgington and Paige Logan.
About Zach Veach:
Zach "Ziggy" Veach is a 17-year-old autoracing driver who competes in INDYCAR's 'Mazda Road to Indy' Star Mazda Championship Series, an important open-wheel stepping-stone to a career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. In 2011, Veach captured the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, while also being named by ESPN The Magazine as a NEXT athlete in motorsports. In 2010, Michael Andretti signed Veach to his team, Andretti Autosport, while also being named one of CNN's "Intriguing People" and being nominated for the Sports Illustrated "Sports Kid of the Year" award. In addition to his racing, Veach is an advocate for safer driving as the national spokesperson for FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using their cell phones and has campaigned for Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone." For more information, please visit www.ZachVeach.com.