KaBOOM! and the Rays
200 Volunteers to Improve Kids’ Lives
& Futures with Play
Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at CASA
October 26, 2015
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 500 kids in southern Pinellas county 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 southern Pinellas county more playable.
Currently, there is no playground equipment at CASA’s domestic violence center. This new playground will provide the kids at CASA with a safe, accessible place to play, grow, and thrive. In 2010 Home Depot and KABOOM! partnered to build a playground at CASA’s Gateway Housing, which is still in operation.
The playground is the 6th built by Tampa Bay Rays and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. Tampa Bay Rays supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas county.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
About Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball. The organization is committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interactions and charitable donations, and has proudly represented Major League Baseball since 1998.
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.
Community Action Stops Abuse: Shandra Riffey, 727-895-4912, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tampa Bay Rays: Rafaela Amador, 727-825-3236,email@example.com
KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482, firstname.lastname@example.org
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