200 Volunteers Improve Tampa Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players Join Community to Build a New Playground

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) along with more than 200 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare (@DoGoodLiveWell), the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department (@tampaparksrec), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and the community will join forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Clarence Fort Freedom Trail. The playground’s design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in October.   



Tuesday, Dec. 5

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)



Clarence Fort Freedom Trail

2705 E. Osborne Ave.

Tampa, FL 33610



Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, cheerleaders, mascot Captain Fear (from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

Hundreds of community volunteers



This new playground will bring more than 900 kids in Tampa one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Tampa more playable.


This is the 25th playground built by UnitedHealthcare and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. UnitedHealthcare supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.


This project also ties into the Bucs for a Better Bay Community Challenge. UnitedHealthcare and the Buccaneers teamed up to encourage fans to volunteer and track their hours to support the Tampa area and help with hurricane relief efforts. The challenge runs until Dec. 18 and at that time, the fan with the most tracked volunteer hours will be honored as the Buccaneers/Bucs for a Better Bay Volunteer of the Year during the Dec. 31 Buccaneers home game versus the New Orleans Saints.



Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground


About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.


About KaBOOM!

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. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.


City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department: Ashley Bauman, 813-274-8262, ashley.bauman@tampagov.net

UnitedHealthcare: Liz Calzadilla-Fiallo, 954-378-0537, elizabeth.calzadilla-fiallo@uhc.com

KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell, 202-464-6164, cfinnell@kaboom.org

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brooke Skelley, 843.455.2917, bskelley@buccaneers.nfl.com