May 25, 2010

Can children reclaim our city streets?

New York Street GamesWhat did kids used to do when they had no playground? They made their own. Before screens dominated children’s lives, all they needed to entertain themselves was a street and a pink rubber ball. The documentary film, New York Street Games, which is being released today, takes us back to that era.

The film includes interviews with dozens of prominent New Yorkers. Here’s what some of them have to say:

  • “Once in a while I return to my old street in the Bronx and I’m always taken by the fact that it is so quiet. There are no kids there.” – Regis Philbin
  • “The streets were our playground.” – former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop
  • “That was it—you were your own Nintendo.” – Ray Romano

Producers Craig Lifschutz and Matt Levy are donating a portion of the proceeds from each DVD purchase to KaBOOM!. Craig says he hopes to “shine a spotlight on the benefits of children’s play and the sense of fun and community involvement that comes from engaging in the kind of activities showcased in New York Street Games.”

Says our own CEO Darell Hammond, “Play is disappearing from our children’s lives on a massive scale, and as a nation, we’re starting to see the consequences when it comes to the health and happiness of our communities. This film is a call to action.”

Have your children ever heard of Boxball, Ring-o-leavio, or Skully? Watch the film and then get them outside playing! The Rule Book that comes with each purchase will help. Place your order here.

Learn more and watch the trailer.

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