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The Texas Motor Speedway Speeding To Help community outreach program

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 4, 2017)- The Texas Motor Speedway Speeding To Help community outreach program has never been the garden variety type, but it sure was on Friday.

Texas Motor Speedway opened the 10th anniversary season of Speeding To Help with a dozen staffers volunteering their time at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to assist on various projects. The staff worked the day on the project to refurbish the Oval Rose Garden and maintenance of the vegetable garden at the state's first botanic garden. The group weeded, added plants and mulched the Oval Rose Garden that is undergoing a renovation and handled the upkeep of the vegetable garden.

"Volunteers are pretty much the backbone of how we get things done here," said Fort Worth Botanic Garden nine-year staff member Jeff Meyer, who led the Oval Rose Garden project with the speedway group. "We're 110 acres so we are usually strapped for labor. So the support we get from volunteers such as (TMS), it allows us to extend the work pool and we're able to get projects done be it small projects or large projects."

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a free attraction that brings thousands of guests annually to stroll through more than 2,500 species of plants in its 23 specialty gardens over the 110 acres.

"This was a great opportunity for the speedway to give back to the city of Fort Worth by providing volunteer help for one of its iconic attractions," Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. "It's incredible that a staff of 30 maintains this property, so it was very satisfying to know that we were able to knock out some projects in a day with our group size that would probably have taken them the better part of the week. We're happy that we were able to pitch in and take some burden off their staff in the heat of the summer."

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is always seeking volunteers to provide help throughout the year. The volunteer opportunities, which are weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., range from groups to families to students. For more information on volunteering, please visit www.fwbg.org/volunteering/.

Speeding To Help will take on a community outreach project each week during the month of August. The next stop will be Thursday when the group visits True Worth Place and a future shelter in conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Department's homelessness mission. Speeding To Help also will take part in the Rainbow Days "Back-To-School Celebration" at the Dallas Market Center on Wed., Aug. 16, and team with Levy Restaurants to provide lunch for families at Fort Worth's Ronald McDonald House on Wed., Aug. 23.

In the past nine years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help 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.

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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