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14 June

$20,000 Playground Grant

Kids Fit Foundation is a Finalist for a $20,000 playground grant from Dr. Pepper, Snapple Group and National Non-profit, KaBOOM! Online Voting is June 13-24 and will determine winners of national contest.

Kids Fit Foundation is one of 10 finalists in the 2016 Let’s Play Video Contest, courtesy of Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and the national non-profit KaBOOM!. From June 13 to June 24, community members and play advocates can vote online for their favorite playground video on Each of the top five vote-getters will receive a $20,000 grant to purchase new playground equipment. Winners will be announced on June 27.

The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Organizations nationwide submitted videos illustrating the importance of play for a chance to win one of the five $20,000 grants.

We are beyond thrilled to be in the top 10 for the Let’s Play Video Contest,” said Dan Evans, National Spokesman of Kids Fit Foundation. “Having lost 136 pounds myself, childhood obesity has been an issue that hits home with me. I’m so excited to promote fitness, play and an active lifestyle to children in the south Chicagoland area and beyond.

If Kids Fit Foundation wins the grant, they plan to build a state of the art playground in Frankfort, IL that will be used to serve over 1,000 families with The Ivy League Before and After School Program, Summer Camp, and Kids Fit events. Along with a playground, plans are set in place for walking/biking trails, a nature center, fishing, kayaking and more.

DPS launched Let’s Play in 2011 with a $15 million commitment to KaBOOM! and in 2014, Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! extended their partnership through 2016 with an additional $10 million commitment to continue providing kids with the active play they need. Via Let’s Play grants and projects, Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! have built or improved more than 2,400 playgrounds since 2011, to benefit more than 5 million children over the lifetime of the playgrounds. Visit Let’s Play at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for other available grants to make communities more active and playful.

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