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New KaBoom! playground at Seidman Boys & Girls Club

May 18th, 2014

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.

The new playground built at Seidman Boys & Girls Club on May 17, 2014 (design based on Club members’ drawings created at a special design event in March) will bring more than 1,000 kids in Grand Rapids one step closer to having the childhood they deserve. Currently, there is a limited number of safe places where kids can play outside in the City of Grand Rapids. The new playground at the Club will provide a safe place for thousands kids to play each year.

“A community’s well-being begins with a child’s well-being,” said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!. “With the support from our partners at Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth in building this playspace, we hope to instill the importance of active play for kids and families in the community for generations to come.”

The playground is the fifth built by Good Neighbor Pharmacy and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. Good Neighbor Pharmacy supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

“Bringing play to communities like Grand Rapids is critical to the health and wellbeing of our young generation,” said Scott Robinson, Vice President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “Obesity and diabetes are huge health issues right now, and this is a perfect way for children to get out and exercise to hopefully combat these diseases in the future. It’s also a great way for our pharmacists to give back to the community in which they live and work every day.”

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