Thursday, July 26, 2012
Day 208: Built A Playground
That memory is something that I will never forget. I could tell you exactly what I was wearing (a Chicago Bulls t-shirt and red sweatpants) and remember the faces of all those that looked on. Memories like this aren't created inside while playing video games. They are made running around with your friends outside, playing on playgrounds and in backyards. Too often today, kids sit around inside their house, doing nothing but playing video games. This has led to an alarming increase in childhood obesity, ADD, and stunted social/cognitive development. In a city like Chicago, one of the biggest reasons behind this is a lack of places for kids to go like playgrounds and other greenspaces. My wife's school saw this issue and decided to do something about it for the children of Humboldt Park Chicago. Along with the playground building team from KaBOOM! and volunteers from Radio Flyer, today for my random act of kindness, I helped to build a brand new playground next to the school. My wife is out of town, so it wasn't too easy getting up extra early, dropping my daughter off at the nanny, and then volunteering all before my work day started, but I don't mind one bit. The benefits of those children having a place to play will be astronomical. Plus, maybe in the near future, I will head over to the park after a rainy day and try to recreate my daring leap.