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A Playful Purpose

Did you know playing is a serious matter? Play can transform children – from sedentary to physically active, bored to mentally active and solitary to socially active. And yet, right now, only one in four children gets 60 minutes of physical activity or play every day and one in three is obese or overweight.

The CarMax Foundation has teamed up with national nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, to build 30 playgrounds across the country in areas identified as “Play Deserts”—neighborhoods that have lots of kids but not enough places to play. The playgrounds are designed by children and built by volunteers from local partners and thousands of CarMax associates.

This is just one example of the more than 650 Associate-led volunteer team-builders that have taken place so far this fiscal year, benefiting a wide variety of nonprofits across the country. Each team-builder is organized locally, allowing Associates to volunteer for causes that are important to them.

“It’s our culture of caring for others that has drawn our associates to the issue of children’s healthy living,” said Mac Stuckey, president of The CarMax Foundation. “Our associates across the country will impact countless families by helping get kids moving and playing.”

“Associates who volunteered at past KaBOOM! and CarMax Foundation builds left the experience energized and inspired,” said Damon Devins, CarMax location general manager in Frederick, MD, and KaBOOM! volunteer. “But the true reward for all of us involved will be seeing children playing on these playgrounds for years to come.”

Is a CarMax Foundation playground coming to a city near you? Check out the list of recent and upcoming builds:

Completed Playground Builds

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Chicago, IL
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Richmond, VA
    • Upcoming Playground Builds

      • Costa Mesa, CA
      • Denver, CO
      • Jacksonville, FL
      • Milwaukee, WI
      • Raleigh, NC
      • Sacramento, CA
      • St. Louis, MO
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