The Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust is teaming with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to build a new playground on the grounds of the Room2Bloom Community Development Center in (Miami) Opa-locka.
Former Major Leaguers Cliff Floyd, Jeffrey Hammonds and Charles Johnson of the MLBPA Players Trust joined Imani Jackson, the project manager of KaBOOM!; Pamela James, center director of Room2Bloom; Melissa Persaud, director of the MLBPA Players Trust; the Room2Bloom staff; the Room2Bloom kids and their parents; and Opa-locka city staff for a Design Day on Tuesday, May 9 at the center.
It marked the first step in the process of planning for the July 8 playground construction at the center during MLB All-Star Week in Miami. Floyd and Johnson are former Marlins’ players. Johnson also starred at the University of Miami. A baseball broadcaster following his on-field career, Floyd currently works on SiriusXM Radio and the MLB Network. Each has their own foundation, giving back to the community. Hammonds, who also lives in South Florida, is an integral part of the MLBPA Players’ Trust.
Design Day participants canvased the site; measured the site; noted concerns, oddities and potential obstacles associated with the site; sketched the site; and began identifying potential play enhancement projects that can be undertaken on Build Day (Saturday, July 8).
Design Day also included a meeting with “playground experts” - the kids – to find out what they like to see on their new Room2Bloom playground.
The Players Trust is a charitable foundation created by the players to help under-served populations. Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting those in need and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.
Room2Bloom serves 125 babies and toddlers daily and also provides the Opa-locka community with important youth and family programming from summer camps to community workforce development.
MLB All-Star Week in Miami is July 6-11, culminating with the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park.
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