TMS Media Relations | Jul 09, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (July 9, 2014) – Texas Motor Speedway kicked off the seventh year of its “Speeding To Help” community outreach program Wednesday with a visit to The Salvation Army’s Pleasant Grove Community Center to refurbish the children’s playground and the surrounding area of their sports complex.
More than a dozen Texas Motor Speedway employees, along with staffers from the speedway’s official concessionaire Levy Restaurants, volunteered their services for the day to refurbish two areas behind the East Dallas center that are critical to The Salvation Army’s summer camp and youth athletic programs.
The group removed and replaced the existing, aged mulch, marking the first time in seven years that the ground cover was replenished, so the 64’x69’ playground could be re-opened and available to the hundreds of children attending the summer camp. Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter also purchased several flats of flowers to refurbish the large flower boxes that sit adjacent to the playground.
The Texas Motor Speedway Operations Department staffers handled the sports complex area, using chain saws and a Bobcat to remove large overhanging tree limbs and heavy brush near the field and spectator areas. They also trimmed the weeds growing beneath the metal bleachers and in the surrounding areas.
“We depend on groups such as Texas Motor Speedway to come out and fill in a gap and really help us as The Salvation Army provides services to our local community,” said Salvation Army Lieutenant Paul Ryerson, who oversees the Pleasant Grove Community Center. “The playground has been unavailable since the beginning of the summer due to repairs that needed to take place. By having the project completed today, it will allow all the kids in our summer day-camp program and those leading into our fall program the opportunity to get back on the playground.”
Added Salvation Army Volunteer Project Manager Justin Eatherly: “When we get volunteers like TMS come out and really do some good landscape work for us and revamp some of the facilities that our kids use every day, it’s a huge help. We don’t have the staff or volunteers that can come out here on a regular basis to get this done, so when we have a large group like this that can bring a Bobcat and everything else, it’s great.”
For Texas Motor Speedway, the visit was highlighted when the children in summer camp were brought out for the first time to use their playground that had been dormant.
“Those smiles on the children when they came out were the reward for us,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “The Salvation Army does so many great things for their local communities like Pleasant Grove and we just wanted to make sure they could continue to do so when it came to outdoor activities and sports for the children.”
Texas Motor Speedway’s “Speeding To Help” will assist community outreach organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex once a week throughout the month of the July. The speedway’s next stop will be Thursday, July 17, when they volunteer to help build a Fort Worth home with Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
“Speeding To Help” also will assist Catholic Charities Fort Worth on Monday, July 21, as TMS staffers will have a “play date” with more than 30 refugee children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This year’s program will conclude Tuesday, July 29, when Texas Motor Speedway will paint the interior of a home used as a safe shelter for Denton County Friends of the Family.
In the past six years, Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Help" program has provided assistance to two dozen organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Those organizations are 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; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; 6 Stones Mission Network; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Clara Love Elementary School; Tarrant Area Food Bank; Feed The Children; Dallas Zoo; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Northwest Independent School District; Mission Arlington; Humane Society of North Texas; West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project; and the United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas.