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Finish Line Youth Foundation and KaBOOM! Increase Opportunities to Play in Indianapolis

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Carriage House East

Volunteers from Finish Line, Glick Family Housing Foundation and the community will join KaBOOM! on Thursday, August 16 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Carriage House East. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Indianapolis.

Play is essential to physical, creative, cognitive, social and emotional development, and the playground project is part of Glick Philanthropies' ongoing work with community partners to support the expansion of opportunity for kids and adults on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. Through this playground project, Glick will work with Finish Line Youth Foundation and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address needs of kids in one of the city's most economically challenged neighborhoods.

In May, Glick Philanthropies broke ground on the Carriage House East Success Center, a $2 million facility that will connect residents and neighbors alike to the services they need to break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. The playground built in partnership with Finish Line Youth Foundation and KaBOOM! will be located on its grounds.

In June, kids from Carriage House East and the Far Eastside community came together to draw their dream playground. The design for the playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 300 kids in Indianapolis with a great, safe place to play.

This playground is part of a broader effort led by Finish Line Youth Foundation and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. This is the fourth build by the Finish Line Youth Foundation with KaBOOM! creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

WHEN:            Thursday, August 16

                        8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   Kick-off ceremony

                       11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Best viewing of playground construction

                       1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Final construction phase

                       2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Ribbon-cutting ceremony

                       (Times approximate)

WHERE:         Carriage House East

                       10174 Tinton Ct.

                       Indianapolis, IN 46235

WHO:             Hundreds of community volunteers

                       Freddy Fever of the Indiana Fever

                       Boomer of the Indiana Pacers

About Glick Family Housing Foundation

The Glick Family Housing Foundation is dedicated to the acquisition, development and preservation of quality, affordable housing for low-income residents. Understanding that safe and stable housing is foundational to strong communities, the Housing Foundation manages a portfolio of not-for-profit affordable housing properties with over 5,000 units. Through funding from the Glick Family Foundation, all Housing Foundation properties employ on-site Service Coordinators to help residents navigate community services and build bridges to self-sufficiency. The Glick Family Housing Foundation is a part of Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity.

About Finish Line Youth Foundation

The Finish Line Youth Foundation makes a difference in the lives of disadvantaged, youth with special needs and in communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Youth Foundation is a national partner of Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Foundation is also a dedicated corporate citizen to the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. For more information, please visit our website and follow on Twitter,Instagram and Facebook.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids

CONTACT:

Glick Family Housing Foundation: Ben Grande | 317-495-6626 | Ben.Grande@glickco.com
Finish Line Youth Foundation: Dianna Boyce | 317-613-6577 | dboyce@finishline.com
KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell | 202-464-6164 | cfinnell@kaboom.org /p>