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 neighbourhoods 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. All G-Team members who redeem this Groupon will be invited to suggest a neighbourhood 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! works 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 gardes. The organization requires $750 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 $750, 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 $5,000.
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 per cent off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.
All donations will be matched up to a $5,000 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 $20,000 USD in the U.S.
Shortly after he moved to Washington DC in 1995, Darell Hammond read about two children—4-year-old Iesha and 2-year-old Clendon—who had suffocated in an abandoned car. They were apparently there because they had nowhere else to play. Spurred on by this tragedy, Darell formed an organization that would eventually become KaBOOM!, and helped build its first community playground a few months later at Livingston Manor in southeast DC. Since then, KaBOOM! has led the construction of more than 2,000 play spaces in communities across the country in order to provide young people with safe environments for outdoor play. The organization works with local volunteers and donors to construct playgrounds inspired by youth and built by community members. KaBOOM!'s vision aims for every child in America to have a place for physical play within walking distance of their home.
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