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Partnership to Increase Play Opportunities in Arvada

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

Community Volunteers Build State-of-the-art Multi-sport Court in Four Hours at the
Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA

Volunteers from Foresters Financial, the YMCA and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, July 27, to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art multi-sport court in just five hours at Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA. The new playspace will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Arvada. 

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development. Currently in Colorado, 26% of children are above a healthy weight and 57% are not getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. (Source: Colorado.gov)

In May, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playspace. The multi-sport court is based off their drawings and will provide thousands of kids in Arvada with a great, safe place to play during its lifetime.

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 playspace, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.

This multi-sport court is part of a broader effort led by Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. Through this partnership, KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

WHEN:             Saturday, July 27

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.     Foresters Family Fun Zone (arts & crafts, games and more)

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Kick-off ceremony

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Best viewing of playspace construction

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Final construction phase

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Ribbon-cutting ceremony        

(Times approximate)

WHERE:           Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada, CO 80004

WHO:               Hundreds of community volunteers

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About the YMCA of Metro Denver

The YMCA of Metro Denver is dedicated to the health and well being of all. As a catalyst to transform lives and communities, our programs are embedded throughout metro Denver in wellness centers and through partnerships with other nonprofits and community-serving agencies. Each year, the Y brings together over 72,000 children, teens, members, and volunteers to develop a new generation of change makers, deliver lifestyle medicine and uplift communities. The Y is one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively helping more than 21 million people learn, grow, and thrive. To join, donate, or get more information, visit www.denverymca.org.

About Foresters Financial

Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $45.1 billion1. With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

1In Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2017.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engage over 1.5 million volunteers and serve nearly 10 million kids. 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