Long Beach, CA / August 17, 2019 – Today, more than 120 volunteers from Foresters Financial, Longfellow Elementary School and the Long Beach community joined KaBOOM! to build a Multi-Sport Court at Longfellow Elementary School. The new space will help extend childhood by providing play and activity opportunities to a broader age range of kids.
Volunteers constructed the Multi-Sport Court from start to finish and transformed the area into a permanent space to play a variety of sports, including volleyball, soccer and tennis, serving thousands of kids in Long Beach over its lifetime.
“After many years of planning and dreaming, we are thrilled to turn our blacktop into an inviting place to play for kids of all ages,” said Mary Yung, Longfellow PTA President. “Not only will our students and neighborhood families have a place to play soccer during recess and on weekends and holidays, our teachers will now have facilities to teach volleyball, tennis, and other skills as well. We are so grateful to Foresters and KaBOOM! for making this playground dream a reality.”
Having a safe place to play is an important part of childhood development. But as kids grow older, many experience challenges that make it difficult to gather, for mental and physical activity and just be kids. Through this Multi-sport Court, Longfellow Elementary School, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! are making a difference for kids and teens by providing a space where they can engage with their peers and enjoy a variety of sports and activity options. This project will ultimately give them a safe space where they feel they belong.
This Multi-sport Court is part of a broader effort led by Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. This investment in kids and teens shows that they matter and are supported by caring adults who want to ensure they are getting the opportunities they need to grow up happy and healthy.
About Longfellow Elementary PTA
Henry W. Longfellow Elementary PTA seeks to positively impact the lives of all children and families through representation, empowerment, and support with skills in advocacy, leadership and communication. Longfellow PTA also serves to enhance students’ education by providing supplemental programs and events such as: music education, art education, field trips, family STEM night, classroom enhancements, and so much more. Find out more at lblongfellowpta.org
About Forester’s Financial
Since 1874, Foresters Financial has been providing socially responsible financial services to individuals and families. Foresters Financial includes The Independent Order of Foresters, the oldest non-denominational fraternal benefit society. Foresters is a purpose-driven organization that exists to enrich family and community well-being and offers insurance products to over three million members and clients in Canada, the US and the U.K. For 18 straight years, The Independent Order of Foresters has received an “A” (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best.1 For more information please visit foresters.com
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engage over 1.5 million volunteers and serve nearly 10 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids
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Longfellow Elementary School: Lisa Lindsay; 310-346-0584; firstname.lastname@example.org
Foresters Financial: Oliver Ormrod | 416-429-3000 ext. 4631 | email@example.com
KaBOOM!: LeAnn Taylor | 202-464-6411 | LTaylorr@kaboom.org