Volunteers Build Playground to Support 700 Children at Madonna Heights
Campus in Dix Hills
*Tina Charles, UnitedHealthcare and Dix Hills residents to build
2,500-square-foot playground in eight hours
*Playground is one of three UnitedHealthcare will build along the East
Coast in one day
DIX HILLS, N.Y. -- September 17, 2013
Today WNBA player and Olympian Tina Charles will join more than 200 volunteers
from UnitedHealthcare and the Dix Hills area to build a new playground at SCO
Family of Services’ (SCO) Madonna Heights Campus.
The new 2,500-square-foot playground in Dix Hills will include a rock wall,
monkey bars, a monorail zip line, slides and more. The playground’s design is
based on drawings created by children from the Madonna Heights Campus who
participated in a “design day” event in July.
This is one of three playgrounds UnitedHealthcare is building today as part of
its “Do Good. Live Well.” program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help
prevent obesity. Hundreds of volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will build
playgrounds in Waltham, Mass., and Union Beach, N.J.
SCO has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island
for more than 100 years. The Madonna Heights campus offers a structured,
therapeutic setting through a variety of programs that serve young children,
adolescent females and adult women with children.
“This beautiful new playground will provide our children and families with a
fun, safe place to play and spend time together in a beautiful park-like
setting,” said Gail B. Nayowith, executive director, SCO. “We're very grateful
to UnitedHealthcare, KaBOOM! and all our volunteers for rolling up their
sleeves, taking a day off work and helping us bring the joy of play to our
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help build a playground in an area
where there are no other playgrounds nearby, so the children at Madonna
Heights can play and participate in healthy activities,” said Bill Golden,
CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New York.
The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization
dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those
who need it most. The Dix Hills playground, one of more than 150 such projects
led by KaBOOM this year, will be the 13^th playground created by KaBOOM! and
For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow
@DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About SCO Family of Services
SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation
for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into
adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children
and adults with special needs. We enable New Yorkers to meet life's challenges
with support, care and acceptance. SCO has played a vital role delivering
human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island for
more than 100 years.
SCO's Madonna Heights program is dedicated to helping vulnerable adolescent
girls, women and families. The Madonna Heights Group Residence serves
adolescent girls struggling at home, in school and/or the community. Residents
attend the Madonna Heights School, also located on campus and available to day
students from local school districts. The campus is also home to the
Morningstar program for women and women with children recovering from
addiction. An on-site Family Service Clinic is available to Nassau or Suffolk
To learn more about SCO Family of Services and Madonna Heights, visit us
online at www.sco.org.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they
deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less
time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having
disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall
well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in
1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America because children need to
play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since
then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of
cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools
to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national
level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance
of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement
to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and
communities can work together to save play for children across the country.
All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and
other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million
people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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