More than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation will team up with Bentley University, Brandeis University and the Waltham Housing Authority to build a new playground at Prospect Hill Terrace.
The new 2,576-square-foot playground in Waltham will include a spiral slide, monorail, rock-climber and many other components. The playground's design is based on drawings created by Waltham children who participated in a "design day" event in July.
This is one of three playgrounds UnitedHealthcare is building today as part of its "Do Good. Live Well." program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help prevent obesity. Hundreds of UnitedHealthcare volunteers will build other playgrounds Union Beach, N.J., and Dix Hills, N.Y.
"As we work with UnitedHealthcare on our fourth playground together, we continue to build upon our mission of encouraging children to live healthy lifestyles," said Josh Kraft, president, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. "We hope the playground will enrich the lives of children at Waltham's Prospect Hill Terrace and demonstrate to all involved the benefits of volunteering."
"UnitedHealthcare is a fantastic partner of the New England Revolution, and we're very excited to participate in its employee volunteer program for this project," said Brian Bilello, president, New England Revolution. "We look forward to working together to construct a playground that will help the children of Prospect Hill Terrace participate in healthy activities."
"UnitedHealthcare's employee volunteers are honored to help build a playground that will give local children a safe place to play and exercise outdoors with their friends and family," said Stephen Farrell, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of New England.
Prospect Hill Terrace is the largest public housing development in Waltham, with 144 units for low-income families. The new playground will complement a new community center also being unveiled at Prospect Hill Terrace. Bentley University and Brandeis University students will manage the community center programs.
"We're happy this playground build is happening at the same time we're creating a new community center in Prospect Hill Terrace," said Walter McGuire, executive director, Waltham Housing Authority. "Its mission to improve the lives of our residents and the greater Waltham community through enriching and sustainable academic and social programs for children, teenagers, and adults correlates well with this project."
The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. The Waltham playground, one of more than 150 such projects led by KaBOOM this year, will be the 12th playground created by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.
For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About Waltham Housing Authority
The Waltham Housing is an independent Government Agency with state and federal funding whose mission is to provide safe, sanitary, and affordable housing to low income residents of our community and the State of Massachusetts. The Authority owns, operates and maintains over 800 low income units at 23 sites in the City of Waltham and subsidizes the rents of another 450 privately owned apartments. We serve the housing needs of approximately 2500 low-income persons within our City. To provide more than just a place to live, we partner with other dynamic institutions such as Bentley University and Brandies University to assist us to enhance the quality of life of our many low income residents throughout the community. The Waltham Housing Authority has been providing quality housing for families, elderly and disabled persons since 1949 in the City of Waltham.
About Bentley University
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.
About Brandeis University
Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college.
For students, that means unsurpassed access — both in and out of the classroom — to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship and artistic output. At Brandeis, professors bring newly minted knowledge straight from the field or lab to the graduate and undergraduate classrooms. Brandeis supports an innovative and exciting program of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems. Undergraduates, from the very first year, enjoy leadership positions and research opportunities typically available only to students in their third and fourth years and graduate students. Brandeis is ranked in the top tier of the nation's universities. Our graduates depart to pursue careers in a wide array of fields, and advanced studies in the nation's leading graduate and professional schools.
Located in Waltham, Mass., on 235 attractive suburban acres, Brandeis is in an ideal location just nine miles west of Boston.
About the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity created by the Kraft family to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, and the donation of signed memorabilia to a variety of charitable causes, and from Patriots players who offer their direct support by appearing at charity functions throughout the year. Robert Kraft established the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation when he purchased the team in 1994 as a way for the organization to give back to the communities it calls home. The Foundation's primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family's deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. Over the past 18 years, the Foundation has made millions of dollars in donations to thousands of non-profit organizations throughout New England and has partnered with numerous community groups. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. For more information about the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, please visit www.patriots.com/community.
About the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation
The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation is the team's 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through which the Revolution support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of both direct grants and in-kind donations of tickets and Revolution memorabilia used at charity fundraisers, and through a select number of player appearances at charity functions and educational programs. New England Revolution Charitable Foundation assists organizations and programs by supporting their health-and-wellness and educational campaigns and initiatives, especially those targeting youth and those with close ties to the game of soccer and sports. For more information about the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation, please visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/content/community.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. 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. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 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. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
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 and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.