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"Ironman" speaks at Southwest

November 18, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

When off-road racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart decided to give a presentation at the Southwest High career fair in El Centro on Friday, there was a message he wanted to make sure he got across to students.

His message didn't have anything to do with winning races or winning championships or with his arcade game, voted the most popular arcade game in 1989, but more about the importance of getting good grades and setting goals.

"I'm just trying to pass on to the kids what I've learned and give them some motivation," said The Ironman, who now runs his own off-road racing series. "I tell them to shoot for their goals and to get good grades in school.

"I really enjoy doing this. Everybody tries to get something out of anything they do and I'm the same. By giving a little back, I'm personally getting something out of this," said the 56-year-old Stewart, who was invited to speak at the career fair by Brenda Scaroni of Heber, whose family is involved in off-road racing. "I'm really not sure how much of what I say soaks in, but I hope that they were at least listening to what I had to say."

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While The Ironman's message may not have gotten to every student, it did reach a number of the young people.

Jeremy Freeman, a 14-year-old freshman, said what stuck out to him most was Stewart's message of learning from your experiences.

"That really is the one thing I learned most from listening to him, when he was talking about going through different paths in life and gaining experience from what you do," said Freeman.

Said 16-year-old junior Devon DuBois: "Racing and what he does is something that I'm interested in. I wasn't really surprised that he was talking about staying in school and getting good grades. But listening to him made me want to make my own goals and try to follow them."

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