The YMCA/Detroit Leadership Academy received a brand new playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters(TM), the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and non-profit KaBOOM! The new playground will serve 7,500 children and their families in the Detroit community for years to come.
“Foresters is more than a life insurance provider,” said Kasia Czarski, Chief Membership and Marketing Officer at Foresters. “Foresters also invests in its members and in communities where they live, such as Detroit. Foresters believes in creating opportunities for families to spend healthy time together, like the Detroit Leadership Academy playground we all built here together.”
Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, is funding 20 playground builds across North America in 2010. By investing $1.5 million in these projects, Foresters is partnering with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds that will eventually serve more than 250,000 children and their families.
The playground at Detroit Leadership Academy will provide 7,500 children and their families in the community with a great place to play. In less than eight hours, the child-designed playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from Foresters, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the surrounding community. The Academy will open in the fall of 2010 with an enrollment of approximately 325 children who would not have had a playground if not for the project. In addition, children and families spent the day playing games and participating in arts and crafts activities. Playgrounds are an ideal place for families to get to know other families and build strong communities.
“We are very excited to partner with Foresters and KaBOOM! to bring the children of Detroit a safe place to play and grow before and after school,” said Shawn Hill, Founding Principal and Superintendent of the Detroit Leadership Academy.
Thanks to the work of Foresters, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as an Adventure Bridge, Inclined Cliff Hanger, and Rockblocks Climber.