February 20, 2009

AAOS and KaBOOM! to build playground in Las Vegas

First, one of the best quotes ever:

“We can feed, clothe and provide shelter for a child, but if he does not have joy, then we have not helped him,” said Louise Helton, state director of Communities in Schools. “This playground will provide that vital element that has been missing; a safe place for these children to play and just be kids.”

Next, the details:

On Feb. 24, hundreds of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ members and their families, community volunteers, orthopaedic nurses and Academy industry partners and related organizations are gathering at Nevada Partners in North Las Vegas to build a playground in a single day so the area children – with and without disabilities – can play together in a safe, accessible environment.

The new 6,000-square-foot playground is sponsored by the Academy – in partnership with Nevada Partners, Communities In Schools, Family to Family Connection and KaBOOM!. This will be the first playground in the community that is fully accessible to children with physical disabilities.

Hooray for AAOS! Are you planning to attend the build? Tell us in the comments!

Update: here's an awesome video of the build.

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