Atlanta Motor Speedway today announced the addition of Elizabeth "BJ" Mathis to its staff as the new executive director of the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

A Henry County native, Mathis brings a wealth of experience in both the public and faith-based sectors with past roles in church administration, cable TV and as the Henry County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Most recently, Mathis served as the community and economic development director at the City of Stockbridge. In addition, Mathis holds a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University.

"I look forward to this amazing opportunity to lead Speedway Children's Charities and to work with its exceptional board members," said Mathis. "Above all, I am excited about making a difference in the lives of the many children the charity helps each year."

Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman Bruton Smith. With chapters based at each of the eight race tracks within the Speedway Motorsports family, SCC is committed to raising funds to be awarded to qualified children's charitable organizations nationwide. To date, SCC's Atlanta chapter has awarded well over $4 million to Atlanta-area children since it was established in 1994.

Each year, the charity hosts fundraising events in and around metro Atlanta, oftentimes partnering with local celebrities and organizations for the benefit of kids in Georgia. The annual Governor's lunch and the SCC Classic Golf Tournament highlight the calendar each year, while NASCAR Weekend auctions, the Red Bucket Brigade and a weekly 50/50 raffle at the track's summertime Friday Night Drags series play major roles at the Speedway's racing events.

To learn more about Speedway Children's Charities or to get involved, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org/atlanta or write to scc@atlantamotorspeedway.com.