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

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Creekside Place

Volunteers from Finish Line, Unison Housing Partners (Unison) (formerly Adams County Housing Authority), Low Income Family Empowerment (LIFE) and the community will join KaBOOM! on Thursday, September 20 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Creekside Place. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Thornton.

Unison and LIFE serve low income families who may be unable to obtain other housing options. Creekside Place Apartments is one of the most affordable apartment communities in Adams County. Creekside also serves a large population of families with children who need a place to put their energy to use.

In July, kids from the 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 at Creekside 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 fifth 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, September 20

                        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

                       9819 Gale Blvd

                       Thornton, CO 80260

WHO:             Hundreds of community volunteers

About Low Income Family Empowerment (LIFE)

The LIFE Center provides support, guidance and access to services and educational classes for adults on their path to self-sufficiency. The LIFE Center has a collaborative approach to meeting the needs and goals of the residents of Unison Housing Partners

The LIFE Center's mission is to help shape futures, boosting those who need a lift and changing the trajectories of those who have gotten off track by providing personalized job, housing, adult education, and family services that lead to self-reliance.

About Unison Housing Partners

Unison Housing Partners is empowering people and strengthening communities in Adams County as a progressive housing authority built to address 21st century challenges. We are focused on ending generational poverty by providing individuals and families with access to affordable housing, support programs, and by engaging in socially conscious community development. We collaborate with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, the private sector, landlords, housing providers and the community to ensure stability and economic self-sufficiency are achievable goals for all Adams County residents.

As one of over 3,000 Housing Authorities across the country, Unison is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and works alongside other members from communities across the country to ensure housing needs are advocated for on a national level. Unison collaborates with other Housing Authorities to collectively work towards the overarching mission of the industry to create attainable and sustainable housing and communities for vulnerable families and individuals. Unison is also proud of our approach to socially conscious community development, working in partnership with communities to invest in real estate transactions that will increase housing affordability and positively transform neighborhoods.

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 play spaces, 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: Unison Housing Partners: Zachary Guerin | 720-878-5749 | zguerin@unisonhp.org Low Income Family Empowerment: Arrah Gallaher | 720-988-4807 | agallaher@unisonhp.org Finish Line Youth Foundation: Sara McInerney | 203-801-8127 | smcinerney@finishline.com KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell | 202-464-6164 | cfinnell@kaboom.org