The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced an initiative giving WNY youth more opportunities to play for free.
The "Built to Play" initiative has been made possible through the Foundation's $5 million investment. The funding will be used across the region over the next few years to create more safe, outdoor play spaces for children in both rural and low-income neighborhoods.
“We know that play is essential for the well-being of kids and our communities,” said Roxane Rucker, Vice President, Community Impact at KaBOOM!. “That’s why we are thrilled to be working with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation as part of the Built to Play initiative to help create play spaces in Southeast Michigan and Western New York. Through our work together, we are helping kids get the playful childhood experiences they deserve and need to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life.”
The Wilson, Jr. Foundation has partnered with the Tony Hawk Foundation and KaBOOM! to create skateparks and playgrounds. Building is expected to begin July through October of this year.