KaBOOM! New State-of-the-Art, Multi-Sport Court Coming Soon in High Point: Volunteers Needed
(HIGH POINT, NC) November 13, 2019 — On Wed., Dec. 11, volunteers from across High Point will gather to transform two older, refurbished basketball courts at Southside Recreation Center into a new KaBOOM!
Multi-sport Court that will provide a flexible outdoor play space for the youth of High Point. Local children chose what sports they would like the court to include during a Design Day that was held in October. KaBOOM! Sport Courts help address a lack of play opportunities for youth especially for those growing up in poverty.
Sports courts provide a wide variety of different sports options— such as basketball, hockey, futsal, pickleball, volleyball and tennis all available at the same location and on the same surface.
United Way of Greater High Point, High Point LEAP, and the City of High Point Parks & Recreation Department partnered together to submit a grant to KaBOOM! In October, they were announced as the winners of a KaBOOM! grant funded by the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. The Newell Brands Charitable Foundation is committed to making life better for people where they live, learn, work and play.
The Foundation supports eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that reflect Newell Brands’ values and align with the causes that are important to and inspire the Newell Brands employees. These include: Child Safety and Development, Education, Hunger, Outdoor Play and the Environment, Disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding, Diversity and Inclusion.
“We know that play matters for children to grow, thrive and develop,” said Claire Robinson, Founder & President, High Point LEAP. LEAP is a comprehensive literacy afterschool program for youth located at Southside Recreation Center and other locations within High Point. “We are thankful to the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation and KaBOOM! for the major funding for this project. This will be the largest Multi-sport Court KaBOOM! has built to date,” she said.
Studies reflect that kids today have less opportunities for play. Only one in four adolescents get the recommended 60 minutes of active play per day, with the number of younger kids only slightly higher. A study by Peter Gray, Ph.D. and Professor of Psychology at Boston College indicates that between 1981 and 1997, time spent playing by children age six to eight declined by 25 percent and that the loss of play for play’s sake coincided with a dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, and suicide rates among teens and young adults.
“We know that play helps youth develop critical thinking, collaboration, coping and social learning skills that help prepare them for adulthood and the workforce,” said Robinson. “When kids have the opportunity for balanced active play, our families and communities win overall.”
Other participating agencies on the project team include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point which will lead play activities for youth on the Build Day. The Play Committee is chaired by Kenny Mack, Vice President of Operations and Travis Moore, Southside Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
United Way of Greater High Point and High Point LEAP are serving as community partners to recruit volunteers for Build Day and are seeking community investments to provide and construct an additional court that will live adjacent to The Newell Brands Charitable Foundation-sponsored Multi-Sport Court. The High Point Parks & Recreation Department will manage and maintain the Multi-sport Court after the initial construction.
“The Multi-sport Court will bring three new sports to the Southside Community and several hundred youth will benefit from the new and exciting place to play including youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, High Point LEAP, High Point Parks & Recreation, Family Service of the Piedmont, and Fairview Elementary, said Latoya Bullock, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greater High Point. “The new court at the Southside Recreation Center will provide a fun environment where kids can just be kids,” she said. “We believe that the fresh look and updated equipment will inspire families and youth to get out and play.”
Over 112 additional volunteers are needed to help construct the court from start to finish and fill a variety of roles, rain or shine, on Build Day, December 11. Volunteers can register by December 2 online at https://nvite.com/kaboom/fc55f. Each volunteer will receive meals and a t-shirt. “We are hopeful that many people will step forward to help us on December 11; you don’t need any special skills, just the desire to be part of this inspirational day!”, said Robinson. The High Point Fire Department will provide meals along with Chipotle.
WellCare of North Carolina and the Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Dealership are vision sponsors for the project and inviting companies to also sponsor and donate to support this project for children in Southside High Point to fund the additional Multi-sport court that will be adjacent to The Newell Brands Charitable Foundation-sponsored Multi-Sport Court. The availability of play spaces is far more restricted in low-income neighborhoods.
“We are asking companies to support this project for children in our community who will become our future workforce.” said Tim Ilderton, President and CEO of Ilderton. Sponsorship and donations in support of this project can be made at https://www.unitedwayhp.org/kaboom. The deadline for additional visions sponsors is November 15.
To volunteer online: https://nvite.com/kaboom/fc55f.
To donate online: https://www.unitedwayhp.org/kaboom
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. 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
About the Newell Brands Charitable Foundation
The Newell Brands Charitable Foundation is committed to making life better for people where they live, learn, work and play. The Foundation supports eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that reflect Newell Brands’ values and align with the causes that are important to and inspire the Newell Brands employees. These include: Child Safety and Development, Education, Hunger, Outdoor Play and the Environment, Disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding, Diversity and Inclusion.