June 18, 2008

KaBOOM! CEO and co-founder Darell Hammond featured in AP story on Jefferson Awards

Lieberman, hospice owner win volunteerism awards
By DEBORAH HASTINGS
Associated Press
June 18, 2008

Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Nancy Collins, a Mississippi woman who established a rural hospice offering physical and religious care to the terminally ill, were among more than a dozen recipients Tuesday of the Jefferson Awards, given for national and local public service.

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Other winners during Tuesday's celebration dinner at Washington's Union Station:

Public service by a private citizen: Retired District of Columbia police detective Edward Michael Jagen, creator of the Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, which provides training to children on fending off abuse and sexual advances from adults.

Public service benefiting the disadvantaged: Darell Hammond, leader of KaBOOM! Working with communities and corporate volunteers, Hammond helps bring playgrounds and skate parks to underprivileged areas across the country. Since his organization was founded in 1995 more than 2,000 recreation centers have been built and renovated.

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