Member Opportunities

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.

Interested in helping make a dream playground possible for an Orlando, Fla., community in 2016?

Become a sponsor of the 2016 Safe and Accessible Playground Build!
Register as a Build Day volunteer! On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the first day of the AAOS 2016 Annual Meeting, hundreds of volunteers (orthopaedic surgeons and their families, allied healthcare and industry partners, and community members) will come together for a one-day, all-volunteer playground build.


2015 Safe and Accessible Playground Build: Las Vegas

On Tues., March 24, 2015, during the AAOS 2015 Annual Meeting, hundreds of volunteers—orthopaedic surgeons, allied health and industry partners, and families—gathered at Palabra Viva church to help transform the site so that community children will have a safe and accessible playground to play.


View photos from our 2015 Safe and Accessible Playground Build:


View Build Day progress and conversations via
#WhyIBuild on both Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you to the generous sponsors who contributed to the 2015 Safe and Accessible Playground. This wonderful legacy would not be possible without their generous support!
Approximately 30 children from Palabra Viva Las Vegas church let their imaginations soar during the December 11, 2014 Safe and Accessible Playground Build Design Day event.
Local orthopaedic surgeons Abdi Raissi, MDHugh L. Bassewitz, MD, and Michael L. Lee, MD—all board members of the Nevada Orthopaedic Society (NVOS) and physicians with Desert Orthopaedic Center—brought in props and x-rays to show common playground-related injuries to the foot and ankle, spine and arms and wrists. 
They talked to the children and parents about why the Academy builds safe and accessible playgroundsto minimize the number of traumatic playground-related injuries—and the importance of safe exercise and play to help children build strong bones for life.

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