The Vikings, in partnership with KaBoom! and The Toro Company, are set to hold their 8th annual playground build on Thursday, May 30 at the Howe Campus of Hiawatha Community School.
More than 200 volunteers, including all Vikings coaches and players, will join forces to build a new playground at the school, with the new design based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in March. The new playground will provide more than 470 children in the community with a safe place to play once the school reopens in August 2013 after undergoing renovations. There is not currently a playground at the school, as it was removed due to age and disrepair.
Over the past several years, the Vikings and The Toro Company have donated a total of $528,910 to build 8 playgrounds in the Twin Cities area with KaBOOM!, which will give more than 18,500 children a great place to play during the lifetimes of the playgrounds. The annual playground build has been a cornerstone of the Vikings community outreach since the Wilf family purchased the team.
Minneapolis Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational education experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community. Minneapolis Public Schools exists to ensure that all students learn. MPS supports student growth so they may become knowledgeable, skilled and confident citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal and family lives into the 21st century.
The Hiawatha PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at Hiawatha Community School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, teachers, and community. Our mission is to work together to strengthen our school and provide abundant enrichment opportunities for all our students.
The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, and precision irrigation systems. With sales of more than $1.5 billion in fiscal 2009, Toro's global presence extends to more than 140 countries through its reputation of world-class service, innovation and turf expertise. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,200 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.