Stories

Powerful stories of how KABOOM! transforms communities across the country

Why Mandatory Recess Policies Are Needed

By KABOOM! | January 11, 2023

Lysa Ratliff, KABOOM!'s CEO, is serving as an At-Large Member of Maryland Governor-Elect Wes Moore's Transition Team. Read the comments she submitted to the incoming Administration on the importance of introducing a mandatory recess policy in the State of Maryland.

Uvalde: Community Healing Through Community Service

By KABOOM! | December 20, 2022

After the unthinkable tragedy at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 the City of Uvalde, KABOOM!, and the Archewell Foundation to joined together to unite the community in a positive way. Learn more about how Uvalde is healing through community service.

Good Things (Can) Take Time

By KABOOM! | December 12, 2022

A passion project nearly 20 years in the making, this summer's collaboration with the Police Athletic League of Wilmington (PALW) and Discover to help answer the call to provide a safe place for children in the Northeast Wilmington community to play.

Playgrounds are a Bipartisan Issue

By KABOOM! | November 21, 2022

What the 2022 midterm elections mean for KABOOM's advocacy work.

Working with DigDeep to meet the critical needs of kids

By KABOOM! | October 14, 2022

The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month takes place annually from September 15th-October 15th. In celebration of the rich heritage, culture and contributions of the Hispanic community, we are honored to highlight the inspiring story of this resilient Mexican-American community in El Paso, Texas.

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Working across sectors to support kids’ mental and physical health

By KABOOM! | October 11, 2022

We are committed to supporting kids’ wholistic health, recently we took two important steps toward strengthening the mental and physical health of children, families, and communities.

Equity in Parks: Celebrating the Contributions of Hispanic & Latino Leaders in Parks and Recreation

By KABOOM! | September 21, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually from September 15th-October 15th, is a time set aside to celebrate the contributions, history, and culture of people from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Spain.

Learn more about equity in parks

What the data says about playspace inequity

By KABOOM! | May 23, 2022

A team of experts partnered with KABOOM! to summarize what the research has to say about equitable access to quality playspaces in Colorado and nationwide. What they found was surprising.

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Playspaces can help address the youth mental health crisis

By KABOOM! | May 11, 2022

The health and well-being of our kids is deeply connected to the places where they live and play. As the world nears the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids, much like adults, need outlets that relieve stress and provide social connection more than ever.

Learn more about the research

A Moment of Gratitude for MacKenzie Scott

By Lysa Ratliff | March 28, 2022

During the time we are celebrating Women’s History Month, I want to acknowledge and express gratitude for one of the most phenomenal among us. MacKenzie Scott.

Read the full moment of gratitude