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Herbert nominated for 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards

NHRA Top Fuel veteran Doug Herbert has been nominated for the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the Professional Sports Team and Professional Athlete categories. This award, viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers, and schools around the world for their positive contributions.

The 2010 Positive Peace Awards nominees are judged by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy, made up of highly respected United Nations NGOs, such as Rotary International, Pathways to Peace, and Sister Cities International. The Voting Academy will use an established criteria of an athlete’s community involvement and impact on his or her community to determine this year’s winner.

“Celebrate Positive congratulates Doug Herbert for exemplifying what giving back to the community means,” said Scott Pederson, president and CEO, Celebrate Positive. “Doug is a wonderful role model and uses his racing platform to make the world a better and more positive place in which to live.”

Herbert, who lost two sons in a car accident. was nominated for his advocacy for B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe). Herbert formed the 501(c)(3) organization, which provides free, hands-on driver training to teens through his Teen Pro-Active Driving School. Since 2009, the organization has trained more than 1,700 teens.

“He experienced every parent’s worst nightmare but is making something good of the personal tragedy he endured,” said Sara Fensterer, an employee at B.R.A.K.E.S. ”He is doing everything within his power to reduce the number of teen-driving deaths and injuries that occur on our roads each year. He doesn’t do it for fame or notoriety, he does it because he sees that something needs to be done to solve this problem.”

Rotary International, with more than 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries, serves on the United Nations NGO Voting Academy.

“We at Rotary International are honored to serve on the voting committee for the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards,” said RI General Secretary Ed Futa. “Every day, Rotary’s 1.2 million members address the question, How do we make our world a better place? How appropriate that these awards recognize those individuals and organizations who are asking the same question and taking the necessary steps to achieve positive change in our world.”

The winner of the sports categories for 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards will be announced in mid-December.

“Doug has taken a painful experience and created a positive one, and his nomination for this award is a fitting tribute to that,” said NHRA President Tom Compton. “NHRA was founded on the principle of driver safety, so we are very pleased to support Doug’s mission to improve the skills and confidence of teen drivers to ensure not only their well-being, but also that of their friends, family, and fellow drivers.”