Educating families on how vital play is, and how to fit it into their children’s schedules, is one important initiative. KaBOOM! also works with cities to make communities more kid friendly. That includes creating or renovating play spaces nationwide so that they’re fun and safe.
The impetus for Founder Darell Hammond to start KaBOOM! was, sadly, a tragedy. A new DC resident in 1995, he learned that two children had suffocated while playing in an abandoned car—because they didn’t have anywhere else to play.
This heartbreaking story turned Darrell’s well-established charitable side in a new direction. In the last 20+ years, KaBOOM! has built or renovated over 16,000 playgrounds, serving more than 8,000,000 children around the country.
But there’s more work to be done, and more kids to help. KaBOOM! is on the case—making sure more and more kids have safe, healthy chances to play every day.