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Social Entrepreneur Builds More Than 1,800 Playgrounds

First Posted: 10/01/10 01:29 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

For nearly 15 years, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond has found one American statistic inexcusable: well over half of children in this country don't have easy access to a community playground, he told to NPR.

So he formed KaBOOM!, an organization that goes into concrete wastelands - with a little volunteer help and contributions from partner organizations and local communities - to build places to play for kids who don't have any.

By building a playground a day with volunteer crews, KaBOOM! has finished more than 1800 playgrounds and Hammond hopes that other organizations will mimic his model. Playgrounds don't solve children's problems, but they should at least have access to one in their neighborhood, Hammond told NPR.


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