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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 8, 2015) - Texas Motor Speedway kicked off the eighth year of its Speeding To Help community outreach program Wednesday with a visit to The Salvation Army's Garland Community Center to refurbish one of their playgrounds and help with some interior painting.

>More than a dozen Texas Motor Speedway employees volunteered their services for the day to refurbish the suburban Dallas center in areas that are critical to The Salvation Army's summer camp program.

The group removed pea gravel from a large playground and replaced it with mulch, marking the first time in years the area had a safer surface for the hundreds of children that utilize it for outdoor recreation.

The Texas Motor Speedway Operations Department staffers handled the painting project by touching up walls in the facilities’ foyer and repainting the center’s Boys and Girl’s Club game room.

“We are so grateful to have the help of Texas Motor Speedway to accomplish the things that we can’t do,” Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command Resource Coordinator of Marketing and Communications Elizabeth Andrus said. “We don’t have the man-power to do this back-breaking work that TMS provides for us. You have also been generous with your resources for the second consecutive year at one of our centers. What you have done for us is vital in our programming for children.”

For Texas Motor Speedway, the visit was highlighted when the children in summer camp came outside to meet the volunteers and see the progress that was being made on their playground.

Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage also paid a visit to the project to see the work that was being done as well as spent time speaking with the center’s directors.

“We helped The Salvation Army at their Pleasant Grove location last year and they had more needs this year, so we provided the manpower for the projects here in Garland,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “Volunteer help is so critical to their mission and we're proud to be able to make an impact once again for The Salvation Army and all the children and families they serve."

Living Earth Technologies donated the mulch that was used to make the playground safer.

“When Texas Motor Speedway contacted us to see if we were interested in helping, we jumped at the chance to donate the materials they used today,” Living Earth General Manager Jeff Robnett said. “We try to be active in the community and when I learned more about the Speeding To Help program I knew this was something that we could, and wanted, to help with. I’m glad we could help make the playground at the Salvation Army Center a safer and better place for the children to play.”

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 16, when they volunteer with painting and brush-clearing projects to help Camp Summit prepare for its 2016 move from Copper Canyon to a 400-acre spread in Paradise that was formerly the Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center. 

Speeding To Help also will assist the Austin Street Center in Dallas on Thursday, July 23, as TMS staffers, along with official concessionaire Levy Restaurants, will visit the homeless center to provide a complimentary meal, take care of some interior painting and interact with the residents. This year's program will conclude Monday, July 27, when Texas Motor Speedway will take part in an outdoor beautification project for this independent housing program that serves approximately 85 low-income seniors.

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.


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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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