The artistry and imagination of Charlotte's YWCA Uptown Centre children will come to life on October 8th. Thanks to volunteers from The Home Depot, KaBOOM!, and Joe Gibbs Racing, a volunteer force of one hundred strong will revive an unsafe playground that is nearly 20 years old.

"KaBoom and Joe Gibbs Racing share our commitment to offer children a safe and secure environment, in which they can come together and just be kids," said Hugh Miskel, director of Event Marketing and Community Relations of The Home Depot. "The social health of our children, both today and in the future is very important to all of us and we're thrilled we can help the YWCA of Central Carolinas make their facility a better place."

"We're delighted to be a part of such a tremendous and successful program. Enhancing communities and making them better is a value near and dear to the Joe Gibbs Racing family," said Joe Gibbs owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and former NFL head coach. "We're looking forward to joining The Home Depot and KaBoom in building a playground that will serve many children and families for years to come."

The YWCA of the Central Carolinas was formed in 1901, to provide safe, affordable housing for women and girls seeking employment in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Since their beginning, the YWCA has developed multiple programs to strengthen women, children and their families in at-risk areas, while moving towards eliminating racism.

In addition, community members in the Charlotte area serve centre as volunteers to read aloud to children, chaperone field trips, host special events and help with classroom activities. The YWCA of Central Carolinas is located on 415 East 4th St. in Charlotte.

This announcement comes on the heels of a recent Gallup study on playground use in the United States, commissioned by KaBOOM! and The Home Depot. A study which found children and adolescents do not have adequate access to safe playgrounds and skate parks, despite the dramatic increase in child and adolescent obesity and the rising number of schools eliminating recess and physical education classes.



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