The Toro Co. And Indianapolis Motor Speedway Team Up

The Toro Company recently announced it has joined forces with long-time customer, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), to provide local students with a behind-the-scenes look at turf and grounds management. Twenty Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Indianapolis' Science and Technology of Agriculture and its Resources (STAR) Academy attended an educational career day at IMS.

The event will include an educational session about careers in turf and grounds management, lawn equipment safety tips, a tour of the IMS 750-acre grounds and lunch in Toro's suite on Gasoline Alley. Through a Toro-sponsored essay contest that asked STAR Academy FFA students to describe how they would spruce up the IMS grounds if they were head groundskeeper, the 20 top essay writers were selected to participate in the event. The top two essay writers have also been invited to help prepare the grounds for Race Day, and will each receive four tickets to this year's Indy 500.

"The IMS and Toro-sponsored event is a wonderful opportunity for our students at STAR," says Sonya Lord, STAR Academy director. "It is the perfect combination of educational information with the excitement of the Indy 500, an event that means so much to our community in Indianapolis."

STAR Academy is a magnet program in Indianapolis' Emmerich Manual High School designed to prepare inner-city students for agricultural studies in college and careers in agriculture. The school will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year.

"We are thrilled to leverage our relationship with IMS to provide this gift to STAR Academy students," says Rick Lohman, director of national accounts at Toro. "It's part of Toro's culture to give back to our communities and the industries we serve. Students interested in agricultural studies are the perfect recipients of this donation."

In addition to the educational career day at the IMS, Toro's Giving Program will also present STAR Academy with a $1,000 charitable donation.

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