FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 21, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded a $13,200 Let’s Play Improvement Grant for use in purchasing an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system.
The grant, which allowed FTCC to install the system at the Early Childhood Education Center on the Fayetteville Campus, is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Imagination Playground in a Cart™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination PlaygroundTM provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.
Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016.
Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive. Through the first three years, they built 41 playgrounds, with more than 2,300 DPS employees contributing nearly 19,000 volunteer hours in the construction and provided grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for the improvement of another 2,004 playgrounds by the end of 2013.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. Since Let’s Play launched in 2011, DPS has worked with nonprofit KaBOOM! to build or improve more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America and in 2014 partnered with Good Sports to provide sports gear for deserving athletic organizations in communities coast to coast. For more information, visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Their success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of their 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to their flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, their portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about their iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve, and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers, and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers, and leads play advocates and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives.