Sidney Green, Bob Love and Benny the Bull help build a kid-designed playground in six hours
August 26, 2013 – Bulls Ambassadors Sidney Green and Bob Love, along with Benny the Bull, joined Michael and Nancy Reinsdorf and more than 200 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Housing Authority of Cook County, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Sunrise Apartments on Saturday, August 24 to build a new playground in Chicago Heights. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in June.
Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.
The new playground will provide more than 500 children in the community with a safe place to play. Currently, the children play on equipment that is about 20 years old and has fallen into disrepair. The old playground equipment will be removed to make room for the new equipment.
The Chicago Bulls and their team charity, Chicago Bulls Charities, work to address community concerns and find ways for the Bulls to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. The Chicago Bulls frequently join community organizations and corporate partners like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to organize events that support our core values of youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention.
This playground was the 19th built by KaBOOM! and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The project is part of “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families,” a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of children through community investments byBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” invests in non-profit organizations that encourage health education, promote physical activity, prevent and manage disease, and support safe environments for children.