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FORT WORTH, Texas (August 16, 2017)

Texas Motor Speedway joined Rainbow Days on Wednesday to help less fortunate families and their children get revved up for the start of the school year during the organization's 26th annual "Back-To-School Celebration" at Dallas Market Hall.

The organizers provided new backpacks, uniforms and school supplies to over 600 children and families residing in more than 20 homeless, domestic violence and transitional shelters in the Dallas area. The children also were treated to an afternoon of carnival-style fun that included Texas Motor Speedway's makeshift race track that included a "Texas" starting line and pit stop box. Kids raced their power wheels and bikes on the track for fun prizes.

Other activities included bounce houses, face painting, dancing, karaoke and more. The event evokes excitement about returning to school and builds confidence by providing youth with the Dallas ISD required supplies necessary to succeed this school year.
"Volunteers are important to us because they are invaluable," Rainbow Days Volunteer & Development Coordinator Jermaine Slaughter said. "We are a small organization so therefore we rely on volunteers to provide us with the additional manpower we need to serve the community."

The Back-To-School Celebration is a program of Rainbow Days. For 35 years, Rainbow Days, a 501c3 Dallas-based nonprofit organization, has been helping at-risk children and youth build resiliency and coping skills to create positive futures. 

To date, Rainbow Days has served more than 180,000 children in the Dallas area and trained over 42,000 professionals across the United States. To fund programs like the "Back-to-School Celebration," Rainbow Days receives donations from numerous individuals, foundations and corporations in the community. For more information about Rainbow Days as well as volunteer opportunities, please visit their website at www.rainbowdays.org or call (214) 887-0726.
"This is a tremendous community program by Rainbow Days and we were honored to take part in the event as volunteers," said Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo, who was among the group of 14 staff members from the speedway and Levy Restaurants that volunteered for the day. "They gave us the perfect job - build a race track and put on some fun and exciting racing. I don't know whose smiles were bigger - ours or the kids racing on those motorized cars and winning prizes."
Texas Motor Speedway's assistance with Rainbow Day's "Back-To-School Celebration" was the third of four community outreach events as part of its month-long Speeding To Help program. The program kicked off on August 4 with volunteers assisting at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden by sprucing up the Oval Rose Garden as well as the vegetable garden.
Last Thursday, volunteers teamed up with the Fort Worth Police Department to assist the city's homeless at True Worth Place. Volunteers helped assemble lockers for the newly remodeled women's shelter across the street from True Worth Place.
The month-long program concludes next Wednesday with a visit to Fort Worth's Ronald McDonald House as Texas Motor Speedway staffers will join Levy Restaurants to provide lunch for the families as well as cupcake decorating for the children. 
This marks the 10th year of the Speeding To Help community outreach program. In the past nine years, the program has provided assistance to 31 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; Austin Street Center; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Camp Summit; 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; Mosaic Vocational Center; Northwest Independent School District; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army (twice); 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; Volunteers of America Texas; 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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