Updated SCCA Welcoming Environment Statement

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 3, 2018) -- To better express core concepts that drive the Sports Car Club of America®, an updated Welcoming Environment Statement has been drafted.  Efforts to craft the statement began earlier this year, and the Board of Directors approved the new statement in May. It is the hope that this new declaration will henceforth be noted in event Supplemental Regulations and find a home at Region websites or in publications to remind everyone of standards the Club strives to maintain.

The updated statement reads as follows: The Mission of the SCCA® is to fuel a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for automotive enthusiasts. The Club’s Vision is to be the preferred motorsports community in the United States, built on fun, shared passion and access to an exhilarating motorsports experience. In all its activities, the SCCA seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages living the Values of the SCCA, which include:

Excellence: The Spirit of a Competitor
Service: The Heart of a Volunteer
Passion: The Attitude of an Enthusiast
Team: The Art of Working Together
Experience: The Act of Wowing our Community
Stewardship: The Mindset of an Owner

The SCCA strives to ensure ALL participants at its events and activities enjoy a welcoming environment. The SCCA supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, and will make every effort to maintain an environment that is free of harassment, discrimination and any behavior that interferes with a safe, fun and exciting experience.  A commitment to a welcoming environment and the SCCA Values is expected of all members and attendees, including drivers, workers, crew, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors, and other participants at SCCA activities, sessions and social events when representing the SCCA in print or electronic media.

SCCA President & CEO Mike Cobb said, “As a member-based organization that is approaching its 75th Anniversary, it is important for us to grow and evolve to better serve motorsports enthusiasts while leveraging the core DNA of the Club. And while the spirit of competition is essential to this Club at its core, it’s also important to understand we are all members serving one another with the aim of delivering a great motorsports experience.

“Our new welcoming language is simply an extension of our updated Mission and Vision and is intended to remind us that we are indeed a community of individuals who all love having fun with cars,” Cobb continued, “and it is the duty of all SCCA members -- staff, leadership, officials, members, etc. -- to deliver an environment and an experience that is welcoming to all who choose to participate.”

An expanded definition of Club Values has been created for SCCA employees and now resides in the Employee Handbook to serve as a guide for those serving members and those who serve the members.  These concepts build on core competencies SCCA President & CEO Mike Cobb introduced during the 2018 National Convention in Las Vegas. An expanded version of SCCA Values are provided below to also serve as a guide for Region leaders, volunteers, workers, event organizers and participants.

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

Robert Patrick McDaniels

Love the new attitude and new National Time Trial program (Bring back TARGA!). Heyward and crew are awesome. I'd love to know if the SCCA is doing anything specific to reach out to minorities, youth, and women. I'd be happy to volunteer if there are programs for this. They are embarrassingly underrepresented at the SCCA races I have been to.

Allan Kintz

Can someone highlight how much of this is the actual "statement" (maybe edit the article to put it all in italics or something)? If we're going to be encouraged to add this to various published things, that's OK by me - but from reading this press release it looks like it's maybe three paragraphs long but I can't really tell. 

Chris Robbins

Allan, the "meat" of the statement starts with "The SCCA strives to ensure ALL participants..." and ends at "...in print or electronic media." The preamble reinforces the SCCA Mission, Vision, and introduces the Values which, of course, contain the expectations for our behaviors and our aspirational goals. Thanks for asking!

Allan Kintz

Thanks Chris.

Joe Harlan

If you can manage to follow through on this I could fully support a new environment. The key word is "IF" 28 years here and we have seen a lot of false starts. 

Chris Robbins

Joe, I couldn't agree more! It's going to take all of us to ensure EVERYONE has #funwithcars.

Andrew Ahern

Online profiles still require you to choose "Male" or "Female", with not even an option to opt out. I'm not sure if there's any overlap between the SCCA community and the non-binary community, but small considerations like that can go far in minimizing alienation.

Chris Robbins

Andrew, that's a great question that I'm looking into. Apparently, it's NOT a part of your actual Membership Profile, but it is a part of the website database (two separate systems). We're working to make it an opt-out option in all the ways you connect with the SCCA. Thanks for the question!