Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build
Today, more than 200 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Meta House, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Meta House Transitional Housing. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June.
Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation.
The Brewers will take on the Cincinnati Reds tonight in the first game of a three-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including Jake Elmore and Corey Knebel, along with his wife, Danielle, from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:
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 150 kids in Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee more playable.
Meta House served 424 women and 242 children in 2015. Though many of the families in treatment at Meta House are able to overcome addiction, the lack of a safe and supportive place to live presents challenges to these vulnerable women and their children. Meta Housing offers an average of 40 families each year with the opportunity for a stable place to begin their healthy and bright futures. For the past two years, the families living at Meta Housing haven’t had a safe place to play, but with the support of the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!, that’s going to change on August 12.
The playground is the 3rd built by the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Milwaukee Brewers supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.