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03/14/2011 08:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giving Back: How You And The Sports Community Can Help Struggling Families

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving back and helping others.

Led by HuffPost Impact -- The Huffington Post's section devoted to service, causes, and volunteering -- every HuffPost section is featuring a group or individual who is taking action and inspiring others during these challenging times. Like the rest of the world, our hearts and minds are also focused on Japan, and we've created a resource page for everyone wishing to support the emergency relief efforts.

And we're thrilled to announce that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is joining the Huffington Post Media Group as Strategic Adviser For Social Impact. Stone will help the company to create innovative social impact and cause-based initiatives.

AOL/Huffington Post Media Group has also issued a 30-day Service Challenge to every one of its employees worldwide, encouraging them to give their time to non-profits in their local communities and organizing volunteer events in 16 cities.

We hope you'll join us in utilizing the power of online journalism to help people get involved, work together, and bring about real change.

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KaBOOM, a non-profit organization committed to making sure kids in underprivileged communities have a place to play, has been working tirelessly to encourage play and activity among America's youth.

They believe that there is a "play deficit" in America and it is detrimental to children. In order to fix that, KaBOOM works to make sure kids have places close to them where they can play.

Thousands of playgrounds have been built throughout the country due to the hard work of KaBOOM workers since 1996. Since 2006, 36 playgrounds have been built all over North America.

KaBOOM started Operation Playground seven months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast region, a campaign to build 100 playgrounds in areas damaged by the storm.

Recently, KaBOOM teamed up with Foresters to build a new 2,580 square-foot playground for 4,500 children and their families in Baton Rouge, LA.

You can learn how to volunteer for a local project and build a playground in your community by clicking here. Take action, become a playmaker and join a KaBOOM project today.

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