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KaBOOM!The folks at KaBOOM! have been doing some incredible work over the years, completing well over 2,000 playground builds as they move toward their mission of making sure that every child has a safe place to play within walking distance of their home. While it’s nice to check out a website or see a story in the news, nothing is more impactful than viewing it with your own eyes – and I’ve seen what KaBOOM! can accomplish first-hand, as there are two parks that we visit that were the result of volunteer-staffed builds. In fact, I just shot some video of my girls playing at one of them this week (technically, we’ve been there twice this week)… take a look:

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KaBOOM!Now, KaBOOM! is moving closer to announcing the winner of their search for “America’s Most Playful Family,” a contest that they’ve been doing over the past few months along with the folks at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. 50 finalists have been chosen, with entries received from every state.

To help announce the winner, Rico Rodriguez, star of ABC’s hit sitcom MODERN FAMILY, and his sister, actress Raini Rodriguez from Disney Channel’s popular AUSTIN & ALLY, along with Olympic Gold Medalist Joss Christensen and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris, will join a panel of other judges including Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles; Richard Wiese, author and host of Born to Explore TV; Rob DeMartini, CEO of New Balance; Stephanie White, member of the KaBOOM! Board of Directors; and Liza Sullivan and Cyndi Nguyen, both KaBOOM! playmakers.

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“We have received submissions from an extraordinarily diverse cross-section of American life, from the family who can’t afford a karate lesson but serves up a dance party with dinner, to the parents who hand their kids a soccer ball instead of an iPad. We are honored to have this group of high-caliber judges help us make the hard decision of naming just one family ‘America’s Most Playful.’ Each of our judges are role-models for all of us, not only through their work, but also in the strong commitment they have to making play with their own families a high priority in their every day lives.”James Siegal, Executive Vice President & COO of KaBOOM!
 

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Play Matters, and I’m really digging what KaBOOM! is all about. Learn more, or get involved at  http://kaboom.org/
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