Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 30 n° 318

Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Jacksonville Kids

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 aprile 2018

The Jacksonville community was revitalized thanks to a new playground built at the Winston Family YMCA. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Winston Family YMCA and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 6,500 children and their families in the local community for years to come.
“For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose, which is to help families and strengthen communities,” said Jim Boyle, President and CEO, Foresters Financial. “In 2018 we are excited to complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Jacksonville community will use this playground for many years to come.”The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in February when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built 144 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years, we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by providing them with access to play. Through each new playground, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.“We are fortunate to have community partners who make incredible contributions to help us reach more in need,” said Tim Burrows, Executive Director, Winston Family YMCA. “With the support of Foresters Financial and KaBOOM!, the Winston Family YMCA will now be able to serve more families and youth in the Jacksonville community with a safe place to play and grow, helping us move one step closer to building a healthier First Coast.”Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s ability to thrive.Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance and active play they need to thrive.

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