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November 18, 2013

MEDIA ALERT: Children with and without disabilities drawing the playground of their dreams

For more information, contact:
Kayee Ip, AAOS • O: 847.384.4035 • C: 312.543.3211 • E:
David Durand, FirstLine Charter Schools • O: 504.941.0837 • E:
Sivi Domango, Arthur Ashe Charter School • O: 504.373.6267 • E:
Alyssa Ross, KaBOOM! • O: 202-464-6162 • E:

PHOTO OPPS: Children with and without disabilities drawing the playground of their dreams.
WHAT:   Children from FirstLine Charter School’s Arthur Ashe campus will put their imaginations to work to help design the playground of their dreams during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) 15th annual Safe and Accessible Playground Design Day. The mid-day event will be packed with interactive exercises to share concepts regarding their ideal play space. In partnership with FirstLine Charter Schools and KaBOOM!—a national non-profit dedicated to bringing play to kids who need it most—the groups will incorporate the children’s designs and concepts into a one-day playground build on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, officially beginning the 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
  Since 2000, the AAOS has sponsored a one-day volunteer build to kick-off its Annual Meeting, leaving behind a legacy of safe and accessible playgrounds to the Annual Meeting’s host cities so that children with and without disabilities can play safely together. The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Morial Convention Center during March 11-15. This build will be the Academy’s third Safe and Accessible Playground build in the New Orleans area.
  • Children and parents from Arthur Ashe Charter School;
  • AAOS orthopaedic surgeon spokespersons Scott F.M. Duncan, MD, chair of Ochsner Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and
  • McCall G. McDaniel, MD, with Tulane University School of Medicine;
  • representatives from FirstLine Charter Schools; and
  • KaBOOM! also will be on hand.
WHERE: Arthur Ashe Charter School, located at 1456 Gardena Drive in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, La.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
2:00 pm – Site Walk-Through
3:00 pm – Children’s Drawing Session
5:00 pm – Adults’ Planning & Volunteer Workshop
WHY: Orthopaedic surgeons are physicians who treat many people with physical disabilities. They see first-hand the fractures, dislocations and other results of playground injuries and falls. The Safe and Accessible Playground Buildis a rewarding opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to give back to their Annual Meeting’s host city. This playground will offer children exercise opportunities for balance, flexibility and strength to build strong bones as well as a safe and accessible place to play.
ABOUT: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthur Ashe Charter School


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