KaBOOM! is one of our key partners to help increase physical activity among kids, and we work with them to build community playgrounds and spread the word about the importance of play. In 2013, we built 10 playgrounds across Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Collectively, these playground builds involved more than 2,350 volunteers comprised of our employees, community partners and community volunteers. The playgrounds will impact nearly 19,000 children annually.
Within five years, we have supported the creation of 39 playgrounds across Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. We have also supported the addition of eight protective shields to cover playgrounds in Texas to reduce heat and sun exposure for the children who use the playgrounds. Imagination Playgrounds have been granted to nine community partners throughout these four states, enabling children to create customized playgrounds every day with moveable and creative play pieces. To date, nearly 90,000 children have been impacted by our partnership with KaBOOM!, and we look forward to building nine new playgrounds in 2014, including a playground in our newest Blue Plan state of Montana.
Through our partnership with KaBOOM!, HCSC became a finalist in the Best Health and Wellness Program category for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. Our partnership with KaBOOM! was one of three finalists in this category, and we were thrilled to share our story with a wide audience and promote efforts to increase play and physical activity levels for children. We encourage you to learn more about this exciting accomplishment.