— 200 Volunteers Improve Indianapolis Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play —
More than 200 volunteers from Finish Line, Warren Early Childhood Center, Indiana Fever, organizers from KaBOOM! and the community joined forces on Wednesday, April 27, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Warren Early Childhood Center. The design is based on children’s drawings created at Design Day in February.
Fever Players Assist Finish Line to Build KaBOOM! Playground. —
How This Makes an Impact —
A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids (#playmatters).
The new playground will bring more than 2,000 kids in Indianapolis one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Indianapolis more playable.
Currently, the playground equipment at Warren Early Childhood Center is outdated and unsafe. This new playground will provide the students and kids of the surrounding community with a safe, accessible place to play. This project will also allow for parents to socialize with one another in an environment that will meet the needs of all children. The Warren Early Childhood Center is centrally located within Warren Township, which is easily accessible for those that live within the township.
The playground is the first built by Finish Line and KaBOOM!.
About the Finish Line Youth Foundation —
The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Youth Foundation funds non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids. For more information about the Youth Foundation, please visit www.flyf.org and watch the “Kids Are Awesome” video. Follow Finish Line Youth Foundation on Twitter (@FinishLineYF) as well as on Instagram at Instagram.com/FinishLineYF and “like” the Youth Foundation on Facebook at Facebook.com/FinishLineYouthFoundation.
About KaBOOM! —
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.