“It’s a great opportunity for us to partner with KaBOOM! and come here and be able to build this playground for these kids,” said Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten.
“It’s a phenomenal cause,” said Dallas Cowboys Tight End John Phillips.
UnitedHealthcare, Uplift Education and the Dallas Cowboys have partnered up with KaBOOM! to help build an entire playground in one day. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play and helping children stay outside. UnitedHealthcare volunteer, Chris Roth, flew all the way from Chicago just to lend a helping hand to this project.
It’s important for everyone to have a safe place to play and you know the kids are all here,” said Roth. “They helped design this. It’s a great story and it’s just a great way to help out in the community.”
The playground was built for Uplift Education’s Williams Preparatory as a part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well” campaign, which promotes service and volunteerism among the company’s employees.
“Everybody started working at eight o’clock this morning,” said Volunteer Kevin Kittrell. “It was going pretty good then the sun hit and it’s been a little drained but we’re going to finish on time.”
Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy helped pump up the kids and volunteers while four Dallas Cowboys tight ends put their weight training to good use.
“Obviously we have a great platform to be role models and to show them on the field how to play football and hopefully they see that,” said Witten. “You want to do that off the field and show them to dream big and encourage them. Doing something like this is special and makes it worth being a pro football player for the Dallas Cowboys.”
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