Public Service Campaigns
Since 2000, the Academy’s annual volunteer build project—the award-winning Safe and Accessible Playground building program in partnership with KaBOOM!—has provided an opportunity to visibly support playground safety and give something back to the communities we serve by helping with the construction of a safe and wheelchair-accessible play structure for children.
Dozens of children from Arthur Ashe Charter School, a FirstLine School, let their imaginations soar during the November 2013 Safe and Accessible Playground Build Design Day event. Local orthopaedic surgeons Scott F.M. Duncan, MD, chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Ochsner Health System, and McCall G. McDaniel, with Tulane University School of Medicine, were on hand to answer build-related questions and share information about playground safety and the importance of safe exercise and play in building strong bones for life.
On Tues., March 11, 2014, during the AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting, hundreds of volunteers—orthopaedic surgeons, allied health and industry partners, and families—gathered at Arthur Ashe to help transform the site so that students and community children will have a safe and accessible playground to play, despite the rain.
View photos from our Safe and Accessible Playground Build at Arthur Ashe Charter School:
Photos by Erin Lynn Ransford
Photos by Dr. Richard Ressman
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- News Release from the 2014 Safe and Accessible Playground Build
WWL-TV, the local CBS affiliate in New Orleans, covered the playground build in their evening broadcast:
Thank you to the generous sponsors who have contributed to the 2014 Safe and Accessible Playground. This wonderful legacy would not be possible without their generous support!
The 2014 AAOS Safe and Accessible Playground was built in partnership with:
Help make a dream playground possible for one local community in Las Vegas in next year:
- Become a sponsor of the 2015 Safe and Accessible Playground Build; or
- Register as a Build Day volunteer!
February 21, 2014
September 10, 2013