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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 16, 2015) – Two dozen Texas Motor Speedway employees spent a day in Paradise – Paradise, Texas that is – on Thursday to provide volunteer help for Camp Summit’s relocation to that area in 2016 as part of its month-long Speeding To Help community outreach program.

Camp Summit, which provides a barrier-free outdoor experience that promotes personal growth and fosters independence for children and adults with disabilities, is preparing for its move from Copper Canyon to a 400-acre tract in Paradise that was formerly the Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center. In addition to ongoing construction on the site, Camp Summit was in need of volunteer help to prep outdoor areas for renovation and interior painting of several of its Bluebonnet cabins.

Texas Motor Speedway employees, in their second of four weekly Speeding To Help events during July, painted the interior of five cabins, including the 16-foot ceilings, and removed trees and brush in separate areas that will be the future homes of Camp Summit’s chapel, archery and arts and crafts areas.   

“This is unbelievably helpful for us today,” said Camp Summit CEO Carla Weland, who was on site for the day. “The fact that they are out here clearing areas that we are planning to build new structures and new program areas as well as painting some of the cabins, it’s instrumental in us getting in on time by the end of this year.”

At Camp Summit, individuals with disabilities both mild and severe, enjoy traditional camp activities in nature and the outdoors like their non-disabled peers. Campers may range in age from six to 99 years old. This “sleep away” camp offers weeklong camp sessions during spring break, summer and fall months as well as weekend sessions and respite days. Camp Summit is expected to open at its new location in the spring of 2016.

“Volunteer help is so essential to organizations like Camp Summit and we were pleased we were able to complete several projects for them so they could check them off their extensive to-do list as they prepare to move to Paradise in 2016,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “Camp Summit has been providing individuals with disabilities a unique residential camping experience for more than six decades and the new location is going to enhance the experience even more. We’re just proud to be able to contribute today to their new home for next year.” 

Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Help, which kicked off its eighth year last week by refurbishing a playground and handling interior painting projects for The Salvation Army center in Garland, will head to the Austin Street Center next week in Dallas for its next event. On Thursday, July 23, Texas Motor Speedway staffers, along with the speedway’s official concessionaire Levy Restaurants, will visit the homeless center to provide a complimentary meal, take care of a few inside projects and interact with residents.

This year's program will conclude Monday, July 27, when Texas Motor Speedway will take part in an outdoor beautification project at the Park Meadows Apartments independent housing program that serves approximately 85 low-income seniors in Fort Worth.

In the past seven years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to 27 organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the West, Texas Long-Term Recovery Project. 

Those organizations are the 6 Stones Mission Network; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Catholic Charities Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Christian Community Action; Clara Love Elementary School; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Dallas Zoo; Denton County Friends of the Family; Feed The Children; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Homes For Our Troops; Humane Society of North Texas; Mission Arlington; North Texas Food Bank; Northwest Independent School District; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army; Trinity Habitat for Humanity (twice); United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas; United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; and West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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