NORFOLK, Va. – As a Norfolk State University student, Brehanna Daniels majored in mass communications and had designs on a career in entertainment.

Daniels, who played basketball at NSU from 2014-16, will take another step in that direction as a contestant on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s NBC reality physical competition series “The Titan Games,” which premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.Daniels

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“The Titan Games” features everyday people from across the country competing in a series of endurance-based mental and physical challenges, similar to the old show “The American Gladiators.” If successful, competitors will become a member of the group of “Titans,” who will have to defend their title every week against new competitors in order to remain in the group and have a shot at a $100,000 grand prize.

Fame, and competition, isn’t new to Daniels. For the last three years, she has worked as a tire changer on pit crews at various levels of professional auto racing. In July, she became the first African-American female to work on a pit crew for a race in NASCAR’s Cup series, the sport’s top level.