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Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 250 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Our Next Generation, 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 Our Next Generation. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.

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 Colorado Rockies tonight in the first game of a four-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Khris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Will Smith and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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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 ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.

In central Milwaukee, where roughly 3 out of 4 children live below the poverty line, kids often lack safe and carefree environments to explore, learn, and grow. The new playground will bring more than 850 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.

The playground is the second build by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

About KaBOOM!

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.

Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” Community Initiative Returns in 2014

Today, we announced the return of the organization’s community initiative called “Beyond the Diamond, which features a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community.  The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

“Beyond the Diamond” events this year will include “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day,” hospital visits, a military luncheon, playground build, Habitat for Humanity project, and more.  Each month from May through August, players, coaches and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend one of the following community outreach events:

  • May 14 (Basic Needs) Habitat Build-a-thon: Brewers players, staff, alumni and Brewers Wives will assist organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home. The event is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.
  • May 28 (Education) S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day: Brewers players and alumni will visit a middle school and deliver the important message of S.C.O.R.E.  T-shirts and game tickets will be given to the selected school.  S.C.O.R.E., an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence, is the Brewers signature character education program.
  • June 24 (Recreation) KaBoom Playground Build: Brewers Wives, staff and alumni will assist organizers from KaBoom and residents of the local community to build a new playground at a site to be determined.  Brewers players will also attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, thank the volunteers and take group photos with volunteers and supporters.  The playground build will be sponsored by players, Brewers Wives and Brewers Community Foundation
  • July 11 (Basic Needs) Guest House Room Renovation: Brewers Community Foundation, Brewers players, Brewers Wives and staff will partner with the Guest House, a homeless shelter for men, to build a rainwater collection and picnic shelter for the City Cream Garden Project.
  • July 26 (Recreation) RBI Tournament Visit: Players will visit the central leagues during their tournament and interact with them.  Youth players will take part in a Major League Moment (joining Brewers players on the field) prior to the game and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • August 8 (Education) Wisconsin Humane Society PAL Graduation: Players and Brewers Wives will participate in The Humane Society’s People and Animals Learning (PAL) Graduation.  PAL is a two-week summer camp for underserved Milwaukee children, ages 10-13.  The kids are paired up to train a shelter dog for two weeks, along with other confidence-building and violence prevention activities.  At the graduation, kids show off their new dog-handling skills and receive diplomas.  Players will assist in handing out the diplomas during the graduation ceremony.
  • August 22 (Health) Military Luncheon: Brewers players and alumni will have an exclusive lunch with troops and their families at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.  Each military branch will be represented.

Stay tuned to the blog for additional information on each program/event as we get closer to the dates!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Brewers Community Foundation Week officially kicked off today with a great community outreach event on Milwaukee’s North Side.  A group of Brewers front office staff, players and their wives, volunteers from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and other local volunteers came together today to build a new playground at the Northside YMCA.

The design of the playground was based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May.  The Brewers had a tough game in Texas last night and an early morning arrival back to Milwaukee today.  That didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Tom Gorzelanny, Jim Henderson and Rob Wooten from joining the rest of the group at the build site.  Brewers photographer Scott Paulus captured some great photos from earlier today.

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Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than previous generations in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

The new playground will give more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. Currently, the young children have a tot lot available, but the older children are in need of a great place to play and this will definitely help the neighborhood.

The playground is the first built in a collaborative effort by KaBOOM! and the Brewers. Additionally, the playground is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August.  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. 

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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