Whether due to reduced time for recess, increased screen time, or simply not having safe parks or playgrounds to visit, kids are losing out every day on the balanced and active play they need to thrive.
Through its Let's Play initiative, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has partnered with KaBOOM! to help provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Together, we're awarding five (5) $20,000 playground equipment grants to communities through the Let's Play Video Contest to get more kids playing, and we need your help!
Create a short video (in English, Spanish, or both!) that tells others who you are and why your community needs a new playground. Your video should be creative and playful, and inspire others to share your message!
Your video should
Introduce us to the kids in your community
Show us why your community needs a new playground
Demonstrate how and where kids are currently playing in the community
Incorporate the voices and ideas of kids, parents and other caring adults in your community who are making it easier for kids to play
Encourage more kids and families to get out and play!
Videos must be no more than two minutes in length.
Head over to apply.kaboom.org to submit your video link and complete an application. Only videos submitted with a complete application can be considered so start your application early! When applying, be sure to select the 'Let's Play Video Contest' option. Application closes May 5, 2017!
How to Win!
An internal panel of judges will determine the top 10 finalists based on video content, quality, creativity and demonstrated need. The finalists will then move to a public vote to determine the five winners. The voting is held on the Let's Play Facebook page June 12-23, so start thinking of fun and creative ways to get everyone in your network ready to vote and share your video!
Meet the 2016 Winners!
Fighting for the Right to Play Outside City of Wilburton - Wilburton, OK
City of Wilburton mission is to enrich the lives of the citizens of Wilburton by providing safe, inviting parks and recreation facilities, diverse recreation activities for residents of all ages to play, learn, and build community involvement. The City is working on becoming healthy by providing new play opportunities for children.
Brighter than the Sun Jefferson Park - Ft. Myers, FL
The mission of the city of Fort Myers is to be financially responsible, and to be a leader in municipal services with a dedicated city workplace and an involved community. The park and playground serves as a recreational area for young children to play outside. It is at the heart of a larger neighborhood community
Play is serious business! Hamburg Community Playground Committee - Hamburg, NY
The mission of the Hamburg Community Playground Project committee is to rebuild a new playground and enhance the entire play area to create a dynamic, safe, and fun recreational environment for people of all ages and abilities. Through this project their goal is to capture the essence of the Western New York Community; Friendship, Discovery, Service, and History.
What is Play? City of Preston - Preston, IA
The City of Preston is committed to providing residents, businesses, and visitors a safe place that preserves history, protect neighbors, and enhance the quality of life. As the City looks to attract young families to the community, while also serving older youth, the community needs a variety of playground equipment suitable for a variety of ages.
Challenging All Communities to go for the Gold Intensive Therapeutics - West Caldwell, NJ
The mission of Intensive Therapeutics is to create and provide comprehensive evidence-based, therapy services to children with special needs with and/or within their own community. They are focused on understanding the therapy needs of each child and integrating the necessary services and experiences needed to maximize a child’s potential. Intensive Therapeutics will eliminate the need for families with children with special needs to travel great distances to find needed therapy services and provide such services all under one roof.
For a More Perfect School Bryant Elementary School - Teaneck, NJ
Bryant School is the place where children prepare to become students and students to become scholars. Bryant School is a lovely place with educators and families committed to cultivating a positive learning environment. Faculty, parents and students work together to enhance student achievement through a variety of programs and services. The school is continually working on ways to nurture a thriving educational center within the Teaneck community.
Kids need to play! Perry Elementary School - Erie, PA
Perry Elementary School is a community of staff and parents dedicated to providing students an ethical, safe and respectful learning environment. At Perry Elementary, individual needs are prioritized and all students are taught the importance of becoming life-long, responsible learners and respectful members of the community.
Play makes everything better (Juego hace todo mejor) Dual Immersion Academy - Salt Lake City, UT
The school is dedicated to providing an academically rigorous curriculum in a supportive, nurturing environment; to preparing students to become Spanish-English bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural while developing the tools to be successful in higher education, the workforce and in life.
Vote for Play – While Sounding Like Your Parents Kids Fit Foundation - Mokena, IL
Kids Fit Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and youth develop their health, wellness, and character, including core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility that will stay with them for a lifetime. Their mission is to promote and fund programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Play Rap Sozo Missions - Bradenton, FL
Sozo focuses on youth in troubled neighborhoods of East Bradenton. They provide mentoring, discipleship, arts, tutoring, life skills and summer camps to young people whose lives are impacted by poverty, gangs, drugs, crime and single parent households. The children in the community love to play!