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Starting May 3, 2016, Kaboom will award $1 million in prizes through their Play Everywhere Challenge, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Play Everywhere Challenge is a national competition for community-driven solutions that integrate play into everyday life and unexpected places, like sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets, and beyond. Applicants should consider replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that will help make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families.
Cities are prime settings for innovative active spaces initiatives because city design impacts human behavior, thus cities have the potential to impact the health of large populations.
Consider the two images to the right. How much walking and playing would kids and families do in the top image compared to the bottom image?
Unfortunately, Latino kids lack access to safe places walk and play-like the bottom image-compared to non-Latino kids, thus are at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. In order to create a culture of health and equity for all kids, it is critical to integrate play into everyday settings.
Kaboom’s Play Everywhere Challenge aims to help communities envision and accomplish making play a way of life for kids and families in everyday and unexpected places.
Learn more about Kaboom’s Play Everywhere Challenge here.
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