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Indiana named a 'Playful City'

on May 10, 2013 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Indiana has been designated a Playful City USA.

The distinction was made by the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! for Indiana’s efforts to provide children with ample opportunities for play.

It also makes Indiana one of 217 cities eligible for grants of either $15,000, $20,000 or $30,000 via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall.

Today’s generation of children play less than any previous generation despite the vast benefits of play, the organization said. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported recently that play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children.

KaBOOM! is sponsored by the Human Foundation.

The Indiana Area School District, Indiana Recreation and Parks Commission, the Borough of Indiana and the White Township Board of Supervisors collaborated and jointly sought this designation for the community.

It further supports Indiana County’s selection last fall as one of the America’s Promise Alliance “100 Best Communities for Young People” for the third time in five years.

The 100 deserving communities are chosen based on their work within five promises: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help others.

The state of Pennsylvania ranks eighth overall.

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