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The CarMax Foundation announces $4.1 million KaBOOM! partnership
As part of its national focus on children’s healthy living, The CarMax Foundation is partnering with KaBOOM! to build 30 playgrounds across the United States by the end of 2015, benefitting 100,000 children.
KaBOOM! is the national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.
To celebrate the official coast-to-coast launch of the partnership, more than 400 volunteers simultaneously built two new playgrounds in Richmond, Va. and Los Angeles, Calif. Builds are also scheduled for 2013 in Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, and Miami.
The three-year, $4.1 million partnership commitment features three distinct impact areas:
- 30 nationwide community-built playgrounds will be designed by children and built by volunteers from local partners and thousands of CarMax associates.
- The Foundation is donating 11 Imagination Playgrounds to select partner organizations. This breakthrough playspace concept includes innovative, reconfigurable loose-parts for children to design their own playground.
- Identifying and eradicating "Play Deserts”—areas that have lots of kids but not enough places to play—through crowd-sourced data from the KaBOOM! Map of Play.
“CarMax has a strong culture of integrity, teamwork and taking care of each other. It’s our culture of caring for others that has drawn our associates to the issue of children’s healthy living,” said Lynn Mussatt, president of The CarMax Foundation and CarMax’s vice president of business operations. “Our associates across the country will impact countless families by helping to get kids moving and playing.”