Five Communities Across the Country Win $15,000 Let's Play Playground Grants in National Video Competition

Video Competition, Sponsored by National Non-Profit KaBOOM! and Let’s Play, Rallies Communities to Support their Local Playgrounds

The results are in for a nationwide video competition sponsored by KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play, and Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide.  From April 21 through May 10, ten communities competed for votes in an interactive voting competition, with the top five winning a $15,000 playground equipment grant.

Over the course of the contest, members of the public could cast one vote per day for the video of their choice.  The five communities receiving Let’s Play Playground Grants are:

  • A M Waddington Elementary serves Riverside, Rhodes Island, a tight-knit community within the city of East Providence.  Currently, their only play equipment consists of a triple pull-up bar and some basketball hoops.
  • Capitol Hill Elementary is located in Southwest Portland, Oregon, and serves more than 350 students.  Their grant will go towards a playground so their children aren’t confined to playing asphalt games.
  • Dunbar Intermediate School is housed in what used to be a middle school, but when the school board consolidated schools, the third, fourth and fifth graders who came to the school had to nowhere to play. 
  • O.K. Ward Park is a public playground in Pocatello, Idaho that residents want to make “all inclusive” so that handicapped children can have a place to play.  Residents supporting a little girl named Brooklyn Fisher, who has spina bifida came out in force to support the project.
  • Martha Lake Elementary in Lynnwood, Washington has to remove their old playground because of safety concerns, but had no money to replace the outdated equipment.

The five winners will each receive a $15,000 equipment grant funded by Dr Pepper Snapple Group as part of its Let’s Play initiative. The first Let's Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!.  Together, through Let's Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

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About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean.  Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor.  We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories.  In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott's, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Penafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose's and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.drpeppersnapple.com.  

About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that’s saving play. Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play.  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.  To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.  Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built almost 2,000 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 a both a local and national level. 

Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can to work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!.   Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.