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John Carlson and Elliot Segal Participate in KaBOOM! Playground Design Day

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

– Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson and Elliot Segal from DC 101.1 FM’s Elliot in the Morning paid a visit to Associates for Renewal in Education in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 20, to participate with students from the Bloomingdale neighborhood in a designing session for their new playground. The Capitals are partnering with KaBOOM! to help build a new playground for the children.
Carlson, Segal and the children put crayon to paper and drew their dream playgrounds, which will ultimately become a reality. Elements from the children’s drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground to be built on Sept. 15 at Associates for Renewal in Education.
The playground will be the first built by KaBOOM! and the Washington Capitals in an effort to fight the play deficit and save play. Funds for the playground were raised during the 2010-11 season by Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Segal through their joint 2010-11 So Kids Can initiative. Since 2008 Green and Segal have donated money, based upon Green’s scoring totals, to So Kids Can which has raised more than $150,000 for various youth-oriented organizations. Since Green resides in Canada during the offseason, Carlson happily volunteered to help Segal and the children in this brainstorming session.
“I’m not that artistic, but it was great to be out here today helping these kids create a playground,” Carlson said. “I had a lot of fun and I look forward to coming back in the fall and seeing their ideas come to life.”
The new playground will provide more than 600 children in the Bloomingdale neighborhood with a safe place to play. Currently, the children served by Associates for Renewal in Education only have a small amount of out-dated equipment to enjoy, which will be replaced by the new playground this fall.

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So Kids Can, with the help of program partner IceWEB, Washington Capitals Charities and Caps fans, has raised more than $60,000 for the Associates for Renewal in Education KaBOOM! playground. To donate to the project through PayPal click the donate button below.

Or send a check made payable to Washington Capitals Charities earmarked for So Kids Can to:
Washington Capitals Charities/So Kids Can
627 N. Glebe Road
Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22203
Associates for Renewal in Education
Since its incorporation in 1971, Associates for Renewal in Education, Inc. (ARE) has earned the strong endorsement and respect of the city’s educational and social services communities. Its mission is to promote the well-being of children, youth and families of the District of Columbia, and to help them achieve success in education, employment, family, community and civic roles. ARE works with a wide variety of community agencies to offer high quality services and it takes a leadership role in many community activities, organizations and professional associations. Between 2001 and 2010 its many programs serving children, youth, adult learners, parents and families in the District of Columbia enhanced the lives of 24,500 citizens and residents. By the end of 2011 they expect to have offered services to almost 2,500 new citizens.
KaBOOM! is the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded nonprofit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C., with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit
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