FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2018
Hilary LaMotte Burke, MSW
Director, Marketing & Communications
Keurig Dr Pepper and KaBOOM! Award Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club Let’s Play Construction Grant
Dover, Delaware (December 10, 2018) – Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to “build a playground at the Dover Club”
The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative by KDP to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, KDP and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring PLAYces for Club kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.
“Outdoor play areas encourage teamwork, social development and healthy habits for our kids in our community,” said Jake Getty, Executive Director of the Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club. “In the important hours between when school gets out and dinner is served, we have an obligation to make sure our kids are achieving social, emotional and physical wellness,” stated John Wellons, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Having a structure that looks great and fun to play on, only elevates our efforts to get kids moving and staying active” Wellons went on to say.
The grant will be used to build a school-age playground. The Club serves more than 1,000 youth a year and many are underprivileged. The playground will be the avenue for our kids to enjoy physical activity and outdoor play in a safe, structured environment.
KDP has committed $38.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019, impacting youth-serving organizations across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, KDP collaborates with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, KDP is doing its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids.
Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 37,000 children and teens. Our 45 sites are located where such programs are limited or nonexistent. Boys & Girls Clubs help kids achieve great futures by providing a safe and fun space, an engaging Club Experience and caring professionals to guide them. To learn more visit bgclubs.org. Follow us on social media bgclubs.org/facebook bgclubs.org/instagram bgclubs.org/twitter
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an initiative by Keurig Dr Pepper to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. KDP partners with KaBOOM! to build and improve playgrounds and with Good Sports to provide sports equipment grants to kids that would otherwise not have access. Let’s Play has already provided more than 11 million kids new opportunities to play. With year-round grants available for new or improved playgrounds and sports equipment, Let’s Play helps kids achieve balanced, well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and Instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids