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New England Patriots, New England Revolution, UnitedHealthcare to Build Playground at Brooke Mattapan Charter School
- Hundreds of volunteers will build a 2,500-square-foot playground in eight hours
BOSTON (Sep. 23, 2014) — More than 200 volunteers from the New England Patriots and New England Revolution charitable foundations, UnitedHealthcare and Boston-area residents will team up to build a new playground at Brooke Mattapan Charter School in Boston.
The new 2,500-square-foot playground will include a nine-foot slither slide, a 360-degree spiral slide and more. The playground’s design is based on drawings created by Brooke Mattapan students who participated in a “design day” event in June.
The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that works to bring balanced and active play into children’s daily lives. This playground is the 2,516th KaBOOM!-organized build since 1996 and the 15th created by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.
“Our new playground will provide children and families with a fun and safe place to play, where they can learn and spend time together while being active,” said Katie Megrian, principal, Brooke Mattapan Charter School. “We’re very grateful to all the volunteers who are rolling up their sleeves and helping us bring the joy of play to our campus.”
Brooke Mattapan Charter School is a full K-8 school with a mission to provide an academically rigorous public education that will ensure students from Boston and Chelsea are prepared to enter and succeed in college.
“As we work with UnitedHealthcare on our fifth playground together, we continue to build upon our mission to help children to live healthy lives,” said Josh Kraft, president, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. “We hope the playground will enrich the lives of children at Brooke Mattapan Charter School and demonstrate to all involved the benefits of volunteering.”
“UnitedHealthcare is a fantastic partner of the New England Revolution, and we’re very excited to work side by side with its employee volunteers on this project,” said Brian Bilello, president, New England Revolution. “We look forward to constructing a playground that will help the children of Brooke Mattapan Charter School participate in healthy activities.”
“UnitedHealthcare’s employees are honored to help build a playground that will give local children a safe place to play and exercise outdoors with their friends and families,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England.
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity created by the Kraft family to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, and the donation of signed memorabilia to a variety of charitable causes, and from Patriots players who offer their direct support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. Robert Kraft established the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation when he purchased the team in 1994 as a way for the organization to give back to the communities it calls home. The Foundation’s primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family’s deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. Over the past 18 years, the Foundation has made millions of dollars in donations to thousands of non-profit organizations throughout New England and has partnered with numerous community groups. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. For more information about the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, please visit www.patriots.com/community.
About the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation
The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation is the team’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through which the Revolution support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of both direct grants and in-kind donations of tickets and Revolution memorabilia used at charity fundraisers, and through a select number of player appearances at charity functions and educational programs. New England Revolution Charitable Foundation assists organizations and programs by supporting their health-and-wellness and educational campaigns and initiatives, especially those targeting youth and those with close ties to the game of soccer and sports. For more information about the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation, please visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/content/community.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has worked with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.