New England Patriots, New England Revolution and UnitedHealthcare Build Playground at Children’s Services of Roxbury

  • Hundreds of volunteers built a 2,400-square-foot playground in
    eight hours

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 200 volunteers from the New England Patriots Charitable
Foundation, the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation,
UnitedHealthcare and Boston-area residents built a new playground at
Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR) today, which is located within
YouthBuild Boston.


The new 2,400-square-foot playground includes a triple racer slide,
tic-tac-toe activity wall, rock climber and more. The playground’s
design is based on drawings created by kids from CSR who participated in
a “design day” event in August.

“We are grateful for our new state-of-the-art playground,” said Sandra
M. McCroom, president, Children’s Services of Roxbury. “It will support
our children’s social and emotional development in a safe space. Through
play, they will use their imaginations, exercise, solve problems, learn,
grow and thrive.”

CSR is a community-based nonprofit founded in 1968 to effectively handle
the growing number of African-American children in need of foster homes
and adoption. CSR has grown to provide critical services to families and
children of every race, and ethnic and linguistic background. It also
provides emergency and transitional housing services for homeless
families and adults. Its programs include early childhood education;
behavioral health services; emergency, transitional and permanent
housing support; and intensive foster care and adoption services.

The volunteers worked with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization
that works to bring balanced and active play into children’s daily
lives. This playground is the 2,688th KaBOOM!-organized build
since 1996 and the 19th created by KaBOOM! and
UnitedHealthcare.

“Participation in this project promotes the core values of the youth we
serve and provides an important avenue of growth for the young people in
our community,” said Ken Smith, executive director, YouthBuild Boston.

YouthBuild Boston was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing
underserved youth with the support and credentials needed to
successfully enter the trades. For this project, young people from
YouthBuild Boston volunteered to help with the site preparation,
landscaping and planning for the playground build.

“We’re proud to be working with UnitedHealthcare on our sixth playground
together,” said Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots
Charitable Foundation. “We hope this playground will enrich the lives of
children at Children’s Services of Roxbury and demonstrate the
importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.”

“It’s great to be working with UnitedHealthcare to construct a
playground that will help the youth of Children’s Services of Roxbury
participate in healthy activities,” said Brian Bilello, president, New
England Revolution.

“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, while creating healthy habits that will
last a lifetime,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New
England.

This playground build is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live
Well.” program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help prevent
obesity. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to
find local opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org.
Follow @DoGoodLiveWell
on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 400,000 people in Massachusetts with a
network of 108 hospitals and other health facilities and more than
30,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

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.
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/community/charitable-foundation.

About Children’s Services of Roxbury
Children’s
Services of Roxbury, Inc., is dedicated to providing comprehensive child
care services and helping families establish strong foundations for
living. Our child care services are designed to meet the needs of
families in our communities whose composition, cultural background,
ethnicity and language are diverse and varied. For more information,
visit www.csrox.org.

About YouthBuild Boston
The
mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved
young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational,
academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to
self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility. www.facebook.com/ybboston
www.twitter.com/@YBBoston

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the
national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those
growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled
with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM!
has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300
playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1
million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities
to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion
about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.
To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org
or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom
or facebook.com/kaboom.

About UnitedHealthcare
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, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

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Contacts

UnitedHealthcare
Maria Gordon Shydlo, 917-748-9002
maria_g_shydlo@uhc.com