Providence Children to Design Dream Playground on August 11

Providence Children to Design Dream Playground on August 11

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UnitedHealthCare, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, KaBOOM!, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association & the Providence Parks + Recreation Department to Host Design Day for New Playground at Dexter Park.

WHAT: UnitedHealthcare, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, former Patriots running back Patrick Pass, KaBOOM!, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) and the Providence Parks + Recreation Department will host a Design Day for Providence children at the Dexter Training Ground and the WBNA Headquarters on Thursday, August 11. Providence children will put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a reality. Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground to be built on Tuesday, October 11 at Dexter Training Ground. Design Day will also be the first meeting of the playground planning committee that will work for the next two months to plan and prepare for the construction of the new playground.

WHY: The Providence playground will be the sixth built by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare as part of the latter's "Do Good. Live Well." initiative - a campaign to inspire service and volunteerism among the company's employees. This Providence project represents one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2011 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

WHEN: Thursday, August 11
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children designing their dream playground
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Volunteers participating in planning meeting

WHERE: Children's portion at the Dexter Training Ground (rain location is WBNA) Volunteer portion at the WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909

VISUALS: Former Patriots running back Patrick Pass;
Children drawing their dream playgrounds;
Before shots of the site;
Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the New England Patriots participating in planning meeting

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 37 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity created by the Kraft family to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, and the donation of signed memorabilia to a variety of charitable causes, and from Patriots players who offer their direct support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. Robert Kraft established the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation when he purchased the team in 1994 as a way for the organization to give back to the communities it calls home. The Foundation's primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family's deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. Over the past 16 years, the Foundation has made millions of dollars in donations to thousands of non-profit organizations throughout New England and has partnered with numerous community groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the United Way, the Greater Boston Food Bank and a host of other New England charities. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. In 2010, the Foundation will give special focus to charities, advocacy groups and causes working to prevent cancer.

About the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA)
Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. For more information about the WBNA, please visit or call 401.831.9344.

About Providence Parks + Recreation Department
Under the direction of Mayor Angel Taveras and the Board of Park Commissioners, the Providence Parks and Recreation Department provide opportunities for recreation, physical fitness, cultural enjoyment, and community building for all Providence residents in clean and safe spaces. The Department has over 100 park and recreation spaces including playgrounds, ball fields, pools, water spray parks, recreation centers, tennis and basketball courts, walking tracks, and community gardens. Special facilities also include the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Bank of America Skating Rink, and the Triggs Memorial Golf Course. The Department also is responsible for the well being of more than 25,000 city street trees in Providence neighborhoods.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit

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