Westfield, IN—On Sunday, October 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grand Park will be the host site of Tire Rack Street Survival program, a national non-profit that teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel. It is being presented by the Westfield Lions Club, and the Central Indiana Region of the Porsche Club of America, and is 100% volunteer. Registration for the program at Grand Park has already sold out with 50 participants expected.
“We’re happy to host this program here at Grand Park,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “As a parent and grandparent myself, I can attest to the importance of making sure our children have the skills they need to become better drivers and be able to navigate through difficult situations.”
Students are taught in their own cars, not specially prepared program vehicles, so that the skills they learn can be directly translated to their daily driving experiences. Tire Rack Street Survival challenges teenagers to understand how to control a vehicle, rather than just operate one.
“Unlike traditional driver’s education, we are not teaching ‘rules of the road,’ we are teaching emergency maneuvers and real world car handling.” said, Larry Clarino, President of the Westfield Lions Club and a 10-year instructor with Tire Rack Street Survival. “In other words, we teach the kids how to be safer drivers. They learn proper braking, skid control and much more, in a safe, controlled environment.”
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The Tire Rack Street Survival program was founded by the BMW CCA Foundation with the support of Tire Rack. Tom Wood Volkswagen is a local sponsor of the program taking place at Grand Park. Please visit www.streetsurvival.org for more information.
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About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center is now open, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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