Playground to enhance family well-being
BRADENTON, FL, Oct. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for
children in Bradenton as their drawings were turned into a new
playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built
with the help of more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, Visible Men Academy (VMA) and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground
will serve 22,500 children and their families in the community for
years to come.
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend
quality time together," said Bruce Burak, Foresters National Sales
Manager. "This playground will help Visible Men Academy fulfill its
purpose to provide outstanding education in a nurturing environment and
provide a safe, central gathering place for families throughout the
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in August
when local children and community leaders met with organizers from
KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's
drawings were then used to create the final playground design.
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with
almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada.
Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than
2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend
quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a
founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of
organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and
"We are thrilled and honored to construct a playground at Visible Men
Academy," said Neil Phillips, Visible Men Academy Principal. "The
playground will be a wonderfully exciting safe and fun zone for our
students - they have been waiting anxiously for this great play space!
We are also pleased that the Pride Park community residents can
benefit, as well. It is especially meaningful to us that so many
members from the community have been deeply involved from the outset of
this effort. We are grateful for the enthusiastic participation,
dedication, and support that we've received from each VMA family
member, committee member, community leader and volunteer. We are also
indebted to KaBOOM! for providing us this opportunity to contribute to
our community. Finally, we are enormously thankful to Foresters for
their incredibly generous contribution and gift that will help to
celebrate and encourage play, which always improves lives."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Visible Men Academy and KaBOOM!,
children and their families now have a 2,520 square-foot playground to
call home that includes features such as a Slither Slide, Solar Climber
A passionate advocate for family well-being, Foresters recently launched
the Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge
to turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week. For
more details, visit techtimeout.com.
About Visible Men Academy
The mission of VMA is to provide boys with outstanding academic,
character, and social education in a nurturing school environment. The
purpose is to deliver a high-quality educational experience that meets
the specific needs of at-risk elementary and middle school aged boys
through the collaborative efforts of administrators, teachers, parents,
the broader community, and the students themselves. The VMA vision is
to lead boys toward a realization of their innate strong character -
boys who are family orientated, community conscious, and globally
aware. VMA opened in August 2013 with an initial enrollment of
approximately 200 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grades. VMA will
grow to become a Kindergarten through 8th grade school, ultimately
serving approximately 500 students. The all-boys population is a unique
element of the school; adopted in order to meet boys' distinctive
educational needs. For more information, please visit vmacademy.org.
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The
fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being
through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring
community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with over
one million members in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
Tech Timeout and the Tech Timeout logo are trademarks of The Independent
Order of Foresters
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the
childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.
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. Social entrepreneur
Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C.
with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance
of every child in America because children need to play actively every
day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300
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!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. 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 an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information,
For further information:
Cindy Cavallaro Day, Visible Men Academy, 941-331-4311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Ganogiannis, Foresters, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org