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November 13, 2012

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

Children with and without disabilities drawing the playground of their dreams

Faith Community of Saint Sabina located at 1210 W. Saint Sabina (78th) St., Chicago, Ill.
With crayons and markers in hand, children from the surrounding Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago will let their imaginations soar at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Safe and Accessible Playground Design Day as they draw the playground of their dreams. Community members will participate in a mid-afternoon event packed with interactive exercises to share concepts of their ideal play space. In partnership with Faith Community of Saint Sabina and KaBOOM!, the groups then incorporate the designs and concepts to physically build the Playground in one day on Tues., March 19, 2013, officially beginning the 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Each year since 2000, the AAOS has sponsored a volunteer build to kick-off its Annual Meeting, leaving behind a legacy of safe and accessible playgrounds to the Annual Meeting’s host city so that children with and without disabilities can play safely together. In 2013, AAOS will build a Safe and Accessible Playground at Saint Sabina. This will be the Academy’s second playground build in the Chicago area.
Children and Parents from Faith Community of Saint Sabina; AAOS First Vice President Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, a William A. Hark, MD/Susanne G. Swift professor and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and replacement; Michael F. Schafer, MD, program director and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University specializing in sports medicine and diseases and disorders of the spine; Leon S. Benson, MD, orthopaedic hand surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; representatives from Faith Community of Saint Sabina; and KaBOOM! also will be on hand.
Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012
3:30 pm – Children’s Drawing Session
4:30 pm – Site Walk-Through
5:15 pm – Adult’s Planning and Volunteer Workshop
Orthopaedic surgeons are the 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 Build is an opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to give back to its 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.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Faith Community of Saint Sabina

For more information, contact:
Kayee Ip, AAOS • O: 847-384-4035 • C: 312-543-3211 • E:
Minister Kimberly M. Lymore, Saint Sabina • O: 773-483-4300 • E:

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