July 14, 2009

"Today in Play: Sports4Kids is now PlayWorks, and more!"

Play in the News
Sports4Kids, a nonprofit working to provide safe and healthy play opportunities to low-income schools, just changed its name to PlayWorks. I love the new name and their commitment to provide safe and healthy play to a million kids a day by 2012. Check out their new website!

Speaking of sports and kids, GlobalGiving now features several sports- and child-related projects you can support, including "using the power of soccer to fight HIV/AIDS," and bringing PlayPump Water Systems to low-income regions in Mozambique.

The Manchester Education Examiner blog weighs both sides of the recess debate: does recess distract from learning or enhance kids' focus in the classroom?

Several region-specific stories about play have been floating around. A recent article in The Boston Globe highlights the lack of physical education at 25 percent of the city's schools. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Fitness Examiner blog highlights the best playgrounds in Cleveland. Finally, a new series on Metro Connection in Washington D.C. is going to profile "Metro-accessible nature." Awesome! If you follow their guidance, be sure to take a few photos and add them to the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder!

Recent and Upcoming KaBOOM! Playground Builds
Did you see NBA star Antawn Jamison's latest blog post today about his playground build in Charlotte this weekend? Be sure to read it if you haven't already. And while you're at it, read his inspiring words about why he volunteers.

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) News announced an upcoming KaBOOM! build, which will apparently be in a "sweet place for a park" that has nice, natural shade.

It's great to see enthusiastic volunteers already signing up for an upcoming build in Richmond, Va. in the comments on this blog post!

A recent build at Danneel Park in New Orleans, La. was featured in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and a local parenting blog.

The Des Moines Register has a spiffy (yes, I said "spiffy") photo journal chronicling a recent playground build with The Home Depot, KaBOOM!, Anawim Housing, and local volunteers. They posted a nice story on it, too.

"I never thought it would happen. It's just a miracle," says a Pittsburgh resident about their recent playground build.

If you can read Spanish, you might enjoy this article about a recent playground build in Colorado (page 16).

Play Days
A member of the Williamsburg Garden Club encourages folks to host Play Days in their communities.

And the Des Moines Register has a great wrap-up of the Ankeny, Iowa Play Day. It sounds like it was a lot of fun!

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