Staying active and taking part in group activities is essential for children to stay healthy and develop skills in communication and creativity, and can greatly reduce the likelihood of issues such as childhood obesity, anxiety disorders, depression, and impaired social development. KaBOOM! constructs playgrounds in neighborhoods that lack safe outdoor areas where children can gather to exercise, interact, and play, and shares its model to help communities build their own playgrounds. The first 50 G-Team members who donate $25 to today's campaign will receive a copy of a book by Darell Hammond, the organization's founder, called KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play, upon redemption of this Groupon. Additionally, all Groupon redeemers will be invited to suggest a neighborhood in need of a playground, as well as receive an excerpt from Go Out and Play!, a KaBOOM! book that focuses on fun outdoor games.
KaBOOM! has earned recognition from publications across the nation, including the New York Times, for its work to eliminate the barriers urban children may face in engaging in active outdoor play. Simple playground equipment—such as swing sets, basketball hoops, and jungle gyms—can help provide opportunities for kids to lead healthier and happier lives. KaBOOM! aims to raise $70,000 to construct expansive new playspaces in underserved communities, including playgrounds, basketball courts, murals, and community gardens. The organization requires $2,000 to begin adding elements that include swings ($10), basketball hoops ($25), a mural ($10 for 3 gallons of paint), and plants ($25 for five) to a playspace.
Join G-Team and donate $10 or $25 to help KaBOOM! construct a new playground for children in an underserved community. If G-Team members raise $2,000, then KaBOOM! can begin installing activity-starters such as swings, basketball hoops, and a mural. Each additional donation will provide more equipment for the playspace. Foresters will match all donations up to $20,000.
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.
All donations will be matched up to a $20,000 total by Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families. Foresters is a National Partner of KaBOOM!, and will also be matching up to $5,000 CAD in Canada.
What makes KaBOOM!’s model unique is the way it sparks leadership and unleashes energy within communities to improve the play environment.David Bornstein, New York Times, 6/13/11