Humana Joins with City of Tampa to Build a Neighborhood Playground for Kids of All Ages - Partner organizations teaming with VM Ybor Neighborhood Association and KaBOOM! to build play space in days leading up to Republican National Convention
Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is teaming up with the City of Tampa, VM Ybor Neighborhood Association, and KaBOOM! to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground at Tampa’s Ragan Park. More than 200 volunteers will gather in Tampa’s East Tampa neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 11 to build the unique play space in just one day.
In addition to the playground in Tampa, host of this year's Republican National Convention, Humana will also build a playground in Charlotte, N.C., host of the Democratic National Convention. The company will announce details of the Charlotte playground build later this spring.
Because Ragan Park serves thousands of Tampa families, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is excited about the new playground, especially the multigenerational aspect of the project.
"Our strength as a city lies in the quality of our neighborhoods, specifically our parks and playgrounds," Mayor Buckhorn said. "I know the residents of East Tampa, especially those living near Ragan Park, will be grateful for the investment. The convention may last only a week, but Humana's commitment to our community will provide a lasting legacy."
The RNC will host its 2012 Convention in Tampa from August 27-30. The DNC will host its convention in Charlotte from September 3-6. Humana is teaming with KaBOOM! on both playground-build projects; KaBOOM! is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to saving play and has built more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America.
The customized playgrounds will be funded primarily by Humana, one of the nation's leading health and well-being companies, and will be designed by local kids and their families at upcoming "Design Day" events.
"We've partnered with KaBOOM! on 11 playgrounds over the past year and we can't wait to build this one in Tampa," said Mike McCallister, Humana's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Humana has more than 2,500 employees working in the Tampa Bay area so we're a big part of the community. We're delighted to be able to give back in this way as we pursue our dream to help people achieve lifelong well-being."
Humana and KaBOOM! will work together with the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association and volunteers to build a space with senior-focused and adult elements -- including fitness stations and walking paths -- to promote good posture, balance and flexibility. The playground will also feature traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a truly multigenerational space.
"KaBOOM! is honored to assist in building a playground that will benefit children and their families in Tampa’s Ybor City area," said KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond. "Every child deserves a great place to play and building a space where their family can join them will have a greater impact on the family and community."
About City of Tampa
The City of Tampa is the largest city in Hillsborough County, is the county seat and is the third most populous city in Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 southwest of Jacksonville, and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg. The population of the city represents approximately one-third of the total population of Hillsborough County. Tampa's economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the port of Tampa. Contributing to the success of our community is the way businesses, City government, and citizens work together to make Tampa a better place to live.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's website at www.humana.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped more than 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.