Wanted: 100,000 places to play
CEO Darell Hammond of KaBOOM! says ?If a parent is out there at a playground, they can grab their Blackberry and ?tweet-pic? a photo of the play space to a non-profit partner,? Hammond says. Hammond is referring to a Twitter feature that enables camera phone users to quickly post photos.
Play is serious business for KaBOOM!, a national non-profit aimed at locating and funding play spaces. The organization has launched a campaign to locate 100,000 play spaces -- playgrounds, skate parks and field complexes -- in 100 days in an effort to ensure there is a play space within walking distance of every child.
Through its online play space locator, KaBOOM! is asking parents, teachers and community leaders to enter and rate their local play spaces. For every play space entered, $1 will be donated to charity in the name of country music singer and two-time ?Dancing With the Stars? winner Julianne Hough. The result will help parents locate the best play spaces in their area and provide an honest analysis to community leaders of whether they have enough quality play spaces, says CEO Darell Hammond.