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TMS Revs Up Its 'Speeding To Help' Community Outreach Program For A Fourth Year

by TMS Media Relations | Jul 19, 2011

  • TMS Employees To Assist 6Stones Mission Network, Community Powered Revitalization, Dallas Life Homeless Shelter And Clara Love Elementary During Month Of August

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 19, 2011) – Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Help community outreach program, which enters its fourth year, will tackle volunteer projects ranging from assisting the homeless to renovating homes for the less fortunate as well as unveiling a NASCAR-themed reading program for a local elementary school.

Speeding To Help has designated programs with 6Stones Mission Network, Community Powered Revitalization and Dallas Life Homeless Shelter as initiatives where the Texas Motor Speedway staff, including president Eddie Gossage, will serve as volunteers on the respective special projects each week during August. The final Speeding To Help initiative will be the announcement of a NASCAR-themed reading program for Clara Love Elementary in Justin.

“This has been a tremendous program to allow our employees, including myself, to give back to our community,” Gossage said. “We have some strong initiatives planned ranging from revitalizing some homes to assisting the homeless and we’re ready to help in any manner needed. In addition to providing volunteer assistance, this year’s Speeding To Help initiatives also will be the rollout of our ‘Speed To Read’ pilot program with Clara Love Elementary.”

The fourth edition of Speeding To Help will begin Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the 6Stones Mission Network in Euless. Texas Motor Speedway, in partnership with Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter and Feed The Children, will provide food and supplies for 800 families in need. Texas Motor Speedway volunteers will distribute a 25-pound box of non-perishable food, 10-pound box of personal supplies and a box of Avon products to each of the families.

Speeding To Help will head to the Mid-Cities area on Tuesday, Aug. 9, to assist on the renovation of homes for those families who do not have the means to do so themselves. Texas Motor Speedway will partner with Community Powered Revitalization (CPR), a collaboration between the cities of Hurst, Euless and Bedford in addition to various businesses, non-profit organizations and churches working jointly to strengthen, grow and revitalize the Mid-Cities community one house and one family at a time. Texas Motor Speedway volunteers will assist in revitalizing a home in each of the three cities in a single day.

Texas Motor Speedway will conduct a clothing and personal items drive in its offices in preparation for its visit Thursday, Aug. 18, to the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter in Dallas. Volunteers will assist with maintenance chores as well as serve a special meal by Levy Restaurants, the official concessionaire of Texas Motor Speedway that will prepare that day’s lunch for the homeless.

Speeding To Help will culminate Friday, Aug. 26, with a visit to Clara Love Elementary in Justin to announce Texas Motor Speedway’s “Speed To Read” program for the 625-student K-5 school. “Speed To Read” is an incentive-based pilot reading program to encourage students to read more during the school year.

In the past three years, Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to the United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; Children’s Medical Center in Dallas; Habitat for Humanity; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Homes For Our Troops; United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; North Texas Food Bank; Dallas Arboretum; Christian Community Action; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; and Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth.


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