CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Oct. 1, 2003) - The artistry and imagination of Charlotte's YWCA Uptown Center children will come to life on October 8th. Thanks to volunteers from The Home DepotÂ®, KaBOOM!, and Joe Gibbs Racing, a volunteer force of...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Oct. 1, 2003) - The artistry and imagination of Charlotte's YWCA Uptown Center children will come to life on October 8th. Thanks to volunteers from The Home Depot®, KaBOOM!, and Joe Gibbs Racing, a volunteer force of one-hundred strong will revive an unsafe playground that is nearly 20 years old.
"KaBoom and Joe Gibbs Racing share our commitment to offer children a safe and secure environment, in which they can come together and just be kids," said Hugh Miskel, director of Event Marketing and Community Relations of The Home Depot. "The social health of our children, both today and in the future is very important to all of us and we're thrilled we can help the YWCA of Central Carolinas make their facility a better place."
"We're delighted to be a part of such a tremendous and successful program. Enhancing communities and making them better is a value near and dear to the Joe Gibbs Racing family," said Joe Gibbs owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and former NFL head coach. "We're looking forward to joining The Home Depot and KaBoom in building a playground that will serve many children and families for years to come."
The YWCA of the Central Carolinas was formed in 1901, to provide safe, affordable housing for women and girls seeking employment in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Since their beginning, the YWCA has developed multiple programs to strengthen women, children and their families in at-risk areas, while moving towards eliminating racism.
In addition, community members in the Charlotte area serve center as volunteers to read aloud to children, chaperone field trips, host special events and help with classroom activities. The YWCA of Central Carolinas is located on 415 East 4th St. in Charlotte.
This announcement comes on the heels of a recent Gallup study on playground use in the United States, commissioned by KaBOOM! and The Home Depot. A study which found children and adolescents do not have adequate access to safe playgrounds and skateparks, despite the dramatic increase in child and adolescent obesity and the rising number of schools eliminating recess and physical education classes.
Founded in 1995, KaBOOM! specializes in bringing individuals, civic groups, businesses and foundations together to build much-needed, safe playgrounds. With the motto, "our work is child's play," KaBOOM! leads playground projects, educates community leaders and advocates for a child's right to play. KaBOOM! has raised more than $20 million to build and improve 2,000 playgrounds and counting. In 2002, KaBOOM! was named one of America's 100 Best Charities by Worth magazine. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org or call 202-659-0215. Information about skateparks is available at www.eskal8.org.
About The Home Depot
Founded in 1978, The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) operates stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Chile and Argentina. The Home Depot created Team Depot in 1992 to promote volunteer activities within the local communities the stores serve. Each year, thousands of associates work alongside customers, neighbors and non-profit groups on a variety of projects. Last year, Team Depot associates donated more than 6 million volunteer hours to projects nationwide.
This information is based on a national survey of adults conducted in March 2003. In all 1,200 interviews were completed. Random digit dialing was supplemented with a listed sample of parents with children under 12 years of age. A three-call design was used. The data were weighted to project the survey results to total U.S. households based on geography, number of adults in household, and the children's ages in the household. For results based on a sample of 1,200 respondents, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the error attributable to sample and other random effects would be +/- 2.8 percent. A full description of the survey methodology is available upon request.