CREATED Apr. 23, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A park went up in a single day here in Las Vegas on Monday thanks to a ton of volunteers -- many of whom are visiting our city.
Deann Cline is the group's director of fund development. "We have been working on this project for three years and it's finally come to fruition. Today is the day. We don't even have words to describe how happy we are ."
How is this possible? KaBOOM!
The non-profit organizes single-day park raising events. The Down Syndrome organization applied and KaBOOM! chose them.
Kenny Altenburg is a KaBOOM! project manager. "It's amazing how much you can accomplish in five hours when you bring together 260 volunteers from the community."
KaBOOM! has done this more than 2,000 times but they rely on corporate partnerships. Enter the men and women of Direct TV, who volunteered to come to Las Vegas a day before their conference to do projects at five different locations around town. This park is just one of them.
Tina Morefield is the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Direct TV. "We like to leave a playground behind because it's something the chidren will use and grow up with an hopefully it will make lots of happy memories for them."
In a single day a park goes up but it's not just a playground. It's giving people with Down Syndrome a place to play, a place for therapy, and a place to learn -- impacting our community for decades to come.
Eight hundred Direct TV volunteers worked on five different projects around town. But there were plenty of locals there too including Henderson firefighters. In addition to the playground for younger ones, this project included a bocce ball court and a basketball court for teens and adults with Down Syndrome