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Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Headquarters in Plano

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Headquarters in Plano

June 26, 2015
PLANO, TEXAS, JUNE 26, 2015 – En route to the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, Toyota celebrates the Flame of Hope arriving at the temporary Toyota headquarters (TCAL) Friday afternoon as part of the Unified Relay Across America. Toyota’s Steve Curtis, vice president of corporate communications; and Terri Von Lehmden, national manager, PMO & talent acquisition, made the half-mile torch run down Legacy Drive in Plano, Texas. As Curtis and Von Lehmden arrived at headquarters, they were greeted by local Special Olympics athletes and their families, Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer, and one-hundred of the first Toyota employees who have moved to Texas.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Morgan’s Wonderland

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Morgan’s Wonderland

June 22, 2015
SAN ANTONIO (June 22, 2015) – Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota celebrated Special Olympics athletes at the San Antonio-based family theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind.... more

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

June 22, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize Toyota as a Sustaining Host sponsor for the 35TH National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). Toyota will also be providing a fleet of complimentary vehicles wrapped and branded with Toyota and NVWG logos for official staff use throughout the week. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, with events like track and field, softball, and basketball beginning tomorrow June 22 in Dallas, Texas and continuing through June 26.... more

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Give Back at Annual Congressional Baseball Game

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Give Back at Annual Congressional Baseball Game

June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2015) — While Democrats bested Republicans 5-2 at last night’s 2015 Congressional Baseball Game before 5,000 fans, the real winners were young people across the country.
 
Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation both made major contributions to help expand STEM education opportunities and cultivate leadership skills with major contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Year and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

June 10, 2015
Blue Springs, Miss., June 10, 2015 – Toyota Mississippi today celebrated Special Olympics athletes at its Blue Springs, Miss., production facility. Local athlete Justin Rosenthal, who will be competing in golf at this year’s world games, participated by cheering on Toyota team members and Vice President Sean Suggs as they carried the Flame of Hope in a one-mile torch run on its way to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.... more

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence

May 18, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – Recognizing the many challenges college-bound students face, Toyota awarded tuition support to 22 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to help with their cost of higher education.... more

Five U.S Cities Named 'Most Water Wise'

Five U.S Cities Named 'Most Water Wise'

May 18, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – Enough to fill 2,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.... more

2015 AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo - Bob Carter

2015 AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo - Bob Carter

May 16, 2015
TMS Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter speaks at the AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami, Florida on May 16, 2015.... more

2015 Toyota/Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project - Jim Lentz

2015 Toyota/Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project - Jim Lentz

May 12, 2015
Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz speaks at the ribbon-cutting of an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, May 12, 2015.... more

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

May 12, 2015
Torrance, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – The lights are on where the buffalo roam.

At the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs is now online. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907.
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Curb Your Distractions: High School Student from Chicago Wins Grand Prize in  Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Curb Your Distractions: High School Student from Chicago Wins Grand Prize in Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

May 11, 2015
Silver Spring, Md. May 11, 2015 – When Chicago high school student Elijah Wilborn created his safe driving PSA, he left his phone, music and other distractions curbside – and picked up the grand prize in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge from Toyota and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.... more

New Series of Documentary Shorts from Toyota TeenDrive365 Explores the Emotional Rite of Passage When a Teen Receives Their Driver’s License

New Series of Documentary Shorts from Toyota TeenDrive365 Explores the Emotional Rite of Passage When a Teen Receives Their Driver’s License

April 22, 2015
NEW YORK (April 22, 2015) – Excitement. Fear. Loss of Control. Pride. Every parent of a teenager can relate to the rollercoaster of emotions that occurs when their child receives their driver’s license.
 
In a new series of documentary shorts, Toyota has partnered with three award-winning Getty Images Reportage photojournalists to explore this major rite of passage through the experiences of three families in Los Angeles, Boston and St. Petersburg, Fla. The series is part of TeenDrive365, Toyota’s comprehensive teen safety initiative that helps parents and teens become safer drivers together. You can watch the videos at www.TeenDrive365.com.... more

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

April 20, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 20, 2015) –The Toyota USA Foundation announced $1.9 million in grants to K-12 educational programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and serve diverse communities.... more

Lights, Camera, No More Distractions! Teen Filmmakers Take On Driving Safety

Lights, Camera, No More Distractions! Teen Filmmakers Take On Driving Safety

April 16, 2015
Silver Spring, MD (April 16, 2015) – Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing. Just ask the teen filmmakers who entered Toyota and Discovery Education’s Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.... more

Toyota Celebra el Camino Hasta los Juegos

Toyota Celebra el Camino Hasta los Juegos

April 16, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (16 de abril de 2015) – Ahora a solo 100 días de las ceremonia de inauguración, Toyota, el Socio Automotor Oficial de los Juegos Mundiales de las Olimpiadas Especiales 2015, desplegó hoy sus programas nacionales y locales, cimentando aún más su compromiso con los Juegos. Toyota y su red de concesionarios en Estados Unidos se han comprometido a recaudar fondos para apoyar a los atletas y su viaje hasta los Juegos Mundiales en Los Ángeles. ... more

Toyota Celebrates the Journey to the Games

Toyota Celebrates the Journey to the Games

April 16, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 16, 2015) – Now just 100 days away from the Opening Ceremony, Toyota, the Official Automotive Partner of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, rolled out its national and local programs today, furthering its commitment to the World Games. Toyota and its network of dealerships across the U.S. have committed to raising funds to support athletes and their journey to the World Games in Los Angeles.... more

What Combines the Thrill of Sports and the Excitement of Science and Technology? FIRST Robotics

What Combines the Thrill of Sports and the Excitement of Science and Technology? FIRST Robotics

April 13, 2015
YORK TOWNSHIP, MICH. (April 13, 2015) – In a continuing effort to expand STEM education and inspire the next generation of great engineers, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American engineering, research and development headquarters, has announced five grants for FIRST Robotics activities in Michigan. The funding, more than $60,000 worth, will support in-school robotics programs as well as provide support for regional and state competitions. The effort will bolster the expanding robotics program; a program that develops more than 10,000 future engineers, scientists and technologists across the state.... more

Girl Scouts of the USA and Toyota Financial Services Pave the Way for Girls' Financial Empowerment with 'Driving My Financial Future'

Girl Scouts of the USA and Toyota Financial Services Pave the Way for Girls' Financial Empowerment with 'Driving My Financial Future'

April 08, 2015
NEW YORK (April 8, 2015) — Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced a new, multi-year partnership with Toyota Financial Services (TFS), which has pledged $2.1 million to help girls become self-reliant, financially literate, and capable of leveraging their talent, resources, and personal business values to build a stronger economy and healthier communities. When young people understand the value of properly managing personal finances, they are better prepared for the realities of adult life. Yet less than half the states in the U.S. offer financial education in schools.... more

New York Auto Show Opening Day: Music, Celebrities, Giving Back, Cars and More

New York Auto Show Opening Day: Music, Celebrities, Giving Back, Cars and More

April 04, 2015
New York, April 4, 2015 -- In addition to a wide range of celebrity appearances and musical performances, the New York International Auto Show’s Opening Day ceremony will include a brand new vehicle donation to an Afghanistan War hero who was injured in combat.
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National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Launches from Dallas

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Launches from Dallas

March 31, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (March 31, 2015) – Fresh water is a precious resource, something that is a vital part of daily life and sustainability. But steps must be taken now to ensure that the supply isn’t depleted at such a rapid rate. Toyota realizes this importance and, for the fourth consecutive year, is partnering with the Wyland Foundation to sponsor the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.... more

Toyota Donates “50 FOR 50”

Toyota Donates “50 FOR 50”

March 16, 2015
MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 16, 2015 – In 1965, thousands marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on a journey for justice.  All across the South, college students participated in the 54-mile walk. As the country recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic event, Toyota this week donated $50,000 to four Alabama historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who played an essential role in the quest for civil rights and equality.... more

Changing the Course: High School History Teacher Honored for Engaging Families in Children’s Education

Changing the Course: High School History Teacher Honored for Engaging Families in Children’s Education

March 12, 2015
When high school teacher Kristen Whitaker arrived at work March 11, she knew there was a school assembly. But it was really just a ruse, set up to surprise her as the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.
 
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota recognized Whitaker for her efforts in engaging students’ families in their children’s education. She receives a $20,000 grant to fund a family summer camp program she created for low-income minority students and their families.... more

Toyota y Scion Se Hacen Presentes en Hispanicize 2015

Toyota y Scion Se Hacen Presentes en Hispanicize 2015

February 27, 2015
MIAMI (27 de febrero de 2015) — Toyota y Scion estarán presentes en Hispanicize 2015, con la empresa haciendo su regreso como patrocinador oficial de la industria automotriz y del transporte durante la conferencia anual, la cual se celebrará del 16 al 20 de marzo en Miami. Este será el segundo año consecutivo en Hispanicize para el líder mundial en fabricación de automóviles, cuya enérgica presencia de marca en la conferencia de 2014 se destacó con exhibiciones de vehículos, sorteos de iPads, concursos en medios sociales, experiencias y pruebas de manejo.... more

Toyota and Scion 'Presente' at Hispanicize 2015

Toyota and Scion 'Presente' at Hispanicize 2015

February 26, 2015
MIAMI, Feb. 26, 2015 — Toyota and Scion will be present at Hispanicize 2015 when the company returns as the official automotive and transportation sponsor of the annual conference, March 16 to 20 in Miami.  This will be the second consecutive year at Hispanicize for the world’s leading automotive manufacturer, whose powerful brand presence at the 2014 conference was highlighted by vehicle displays, iPad giveaways, social media contests, ride-and-drive experiences and an autograph session with Toyota NASCAR drivers.... more

Toyota Financial Services Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy with Donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Toyota Financial Services Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy with Donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

January 16, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif., (Jan. 16, 2015)  In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced today that it has made a donation totaling $50,000 to five Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).
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