DENVER, Co. (PR) — On Tuesday, Oct. 3, two local SONIC Drive-In Carhops Josh Tucker and Lydell “Rocket” Dyess were honored at SONIC’s annual convention after competing last month at the 2017 Skate-Off competition against three other skilled SONIC skating Carhops from across the country. Tucker was awarded the gold medal and Dyess the silver. Each year the Skate-Off competition is hosted in SONIC’s hometown of Oklahoma City where finalists compete for cash prizes, new custom RC Sports skates, all-expense paid trips and the coveted championship title.
Tucker and Dyess – both crewmembers of the 1067 Ross Clark Circle South drive-in in Dothan – each delivered impressive performances at the Skate-Off finals on Sept. 13 that earned them the gold and silver medals, respectively.
Josh Tucker of Dothan, Ala., has been skating since he was just two years old. Over five years of working and skating at SONIC, Josh has become a local Dothan celebrity, and is known around town as “the famous SONIC Carhop skater.”
Originally hailing from Hopkinsville, Ky., Rocket began his skating career at his hometown SONIC. Now Rocket spends his time skating around the Dothan, Ala., drive-in and enjoys delivering his orders by skates to see the guests smile as he zooms up with their order.
This year’s Skate-Off competition winners were announced on stage at SONIC’s National Convention in Denver, Colo., in front of thousands of SONIC executives, franchisees and drive-in operators.
“We’re all so proud of both Josh and Rocket for bringing home not only one, but two medals!” said Paul Reiser, partner of Reiser Group SONIC Management Company. “Our skating Carhops are part of what makes the SONIC experience special, and we’re lucky to have the top two SONIC skaters on our crew.”
The five Skate-Off finalists were selected by a panel of judges from a pool of video entries. The entries were evaluated on a variety of qualifications to determine the top five highest-scoring videos. The finalists were sent on an all-expense-paid trip to Oklahoma City and had the opportunity to meet and train with professional skaters, win cash prizes and snag a free pair of custom skates from RC Sports. The gold medal winner received $1,500, the silver medal winner received $1,000, and $500 went to the bronze medal winner.
“When people think of SONIC Drive-In, they think of our iconic skating Carhops,” said Diane Prem, vice president of operations services at SONIC. “With the help of our generous sponsors, Dr Pepper and RC Sports, the annual Skate-Off competition is a fun way for SONIC to recognize and create some friendly competition among our talented Carhops and remind everyone how special the SONIC culture is.”