The Atlanta Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has selected musician Will Turpin, a co-founding member of the rock group Collective Soul and front man for Will Turpin and The Way, as an executive board member and celebrity spokesman for the organization.

"Will Turpin has been a long-time supporter and friend to Atlanta Motor Speedway and by becoming involved with Speedway Children's Charities it is just another way that Will can help us make a difference in the lives of children in Georgia who are in need, at risk or require medical programs," said Ginger Moats, director of the Atlanta Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Turpin will serve a three-year tenure in an effort to not only raise the profile of the charity but also help to improve the lives of local children. The multi-platinum artist said his alliance with Speedway Children's Charities was an easy choice, and a decision he doesn't take lightly.

"When Speedway Children's Charities asked me to consider taking a position on its Atlanta chapter executive board, I was a bit taken aback because I had always thought of myself as someone who could help from the sidelines," Turpin said. "Then I really thought about it and made a conscious decision that I don't want to sit on the sidelines. I want to roll up my sleeves and step up my involvement and help our community in a positive way."

Turpin will help the chapter's fundraising and marketing efforts and will participate in the Aug. 29, 2013, Reed Sorenson Charity Golf Tournament. For more information on Speedway Children's Charities, call (770) 946-3960 or visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org. For more information on Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com