Let's Play Q&A

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About Let's Play

1. What is Let’s Play?

Let's Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will provide nearly 10 million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active through Let's Play. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let's Play is working to eliminate the ‘play deficit' by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear.

2. What is the goal of Let’s Play?

The goal of Let’s Play is to provide the tools, places and inspiration to help make active play a daily priority in the lives of kids, families and communities across North America.

3. How will DPS’ $10 million contribution be used with KaBOOM!?

DPS is working with KaBOOM! to build or fix up 400 playgrounds across the U.S. by the end of 2016, benefiting an estimated one million children. To reach this goal, Let’s Play playground grants will be offered via KaBOOM!. These grants will help communities build new playgrounds, or update existing playgrounds. As part of this effort, DPS and community volunteers will also build 30 new playgrounds. For more information on Let’s Play playground grants, visit the KaBOOM! grant page.

4. How will DPS’ $3 million contribution be used with Good Sports? 

Good Sports joined DPS in the Let’s Play initiative to help give all kids the lifelong benefits of sports and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Good Sports will donate over $3 million worth of new sports equipment to communities in need across the country through 2016. For more information on Let’s Play sports equipment grants, visit the Good Sports grant page.

5. What are KaBOOM! and Good Sports and why did you select them as partners?

KaBOOM! is the national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids — particularly those growing up in poverty in America — the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play so they can thrive. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation about why #PlayMatters on Twitter and Facebook.

Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. For more information, visit www.goodsports.org or follow the nonprofit on Twitter and Facebook.

DPS supports both organizations’ belief that play helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative. With these two national non-profit partners, DPS is striving to ensure all kids have the places, tools and inspiration to play.

6. Why is Let’s Play important to you?

Dr Pepper Snapple launched Let’s Play to reinforce our commitment to fit and active lifestyles – one of four key focus areas under the DPS corporate philanthropy program, ACTION Nation. For our part, we want to be constructive participants in the battle against social issues like obesity, particularly childhood obesity. We believe such issues can only be solved with everyone – individuals, businesses and governments – sharing responsibility and working together. Let’s Play is meant to serve as a step toward helping families balance the calories they consume with the calories they burn.

7. What else is DPS doing to support fit and active lifestyles?

DPS is focused on helping consumers make informed choices to balance the calories they consume with the calories they burn. This includes offering more products with reduced calories or improved nutrition, providing smaller portions and putting calorie counts on the front of packaging. Let’s Play also complements First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids with outdoor play ideas and the benefits of exercise.

Getting Involved with Let's Play

1. What can I do to get involved with or support Let’s Play?

The easiest way to support Let’s Play is by encouraging your friends and family to join the Let’s Play community on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram or www.letsplay.com. Also, if you know of a nonprofit in your community that is in need of sports equipment, a new playground or the improvement of an existing playground, you can apply for a Let’s Play grant here and nominate a grantee here.

2. Can I volunteer at a Let’s Play playground build project?  

Unfortunately, no. Community and DPS volunteers lead our Let’s Play playground build projects and we must limit the number of volunteers on site to ensure proper safety. 

3. How can I get updates about what’s happening with Let’s Play? 

Let’s Play is on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. Like and follow Let’s Play on social for active play ideas, news on our playground builds and sports equipment donations, plus fun sweepstakes and contests! You can also sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter by clicking the “Newsletter Sign-Up” button at the top of the page.

4. I have additional questions that are not listed here. Where can I go for more information?

To find out more information about Let’s Play, visit the Contact Us page to submit a question. We’ll reply back to you shortly.

Let's Play Playground Build Projects via KaBOOM!

1. How many playgrounds will you build or fix up?

Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or enhance 400 playgrounds across the U.S. by the end of 2016, benefiting an estimated one million children. To reach this goal, we will offer Let’s Play grants for communities to build new playgrounds or update existing playgrounds. As part of this effort, DPS and community volunteers will also build 30 new playgrounds.

2. Where will these playground build projects be built?

The location of the playgrounds will be based on communities most in need. This year, DPS and employee volunteers will directly lead 10 new playground build projects in the following communities: 

·       Harlingen, TX

·       Dallas, TX

·       San Francisco, CA

·       Sacramento, CA

·       Alexandria, LA

·       Harrisburg, PA

·       San Antonio, TX

·       Cincinnati, OH

·       Atlanta, GA

·       Tecamac, MX

3. What will the playgrounds look like?

Each playground is unique and designed entirely by the community that will use it.

4. Who builds the playgrounds?

DPS employees and local community volunteers will help build each playground with guidance from KaBOOM!. Each KaBOOM! playground is designed by the children who will use it, planned by local community members and built entirely by community and DPS employee volunteers in just one day!

5. How long does it take to build each playground?

After a playground site is selected, we partner with KaBOOM! and the local community to assemble volunteers and resources for our playground build days. This process usually takes about two months. With the help of approximately 200 community volunteers, we are able to build an amazing playground in just one day.

6. Will the playgrounds cater to children of all ages?

Yes. Each playground is a little different, but playgrounds can accommodate children ranging from ages 2-12. Some playgrounds are more appropriate for younger children (e.g., ages 2-5) while other playgrounds are designed for older kids (e.g., ages 6-12). We work with each community to determine what they need for the children they serve.  

 

Let's Play Playground Grants Via KaBOOM!

1. How do I apply for a Let’s Play playground grant?

To apply for a Let’s Play grant for playground equipment or an Imagination Playground, visit apply.kaboom.org

2. Are Let’s Play playground grant requests only for community playground build projects?

Yes. In partnership with KaBOOM!, Let’s Play playground grants will help communities build a new playground or enhance an existing one with additional creative play opportunities.

3. Am I able to apply for more than one Let’s Play playground grant?

Yes. You may apply for more than one Let’s Play grant, but you can only apply for one grant per play space.

4. How will I know if you’ve received my Let’s Play playground grant application?

After you’ve completed an application at apply.kaboom.org, you will receive on-screen notification that you’ve successfully submitted a project and an email confirmation. You will also be contacted via phone or email after further review of your project about the status of your Let’s Play grant application.

5. Where can I go to check on the status of my Let’s Play playground grant application?

A contact from KaBOOM! will reach out to you shortly after submitting a Let’s Play grant application. 

6. What criteria do you look for?

Each grant will have specific criteria. Please visit the KaBOOM! Grant Page for information related to grant eligibility.

7. How many Let’s Play playground grant requests will you support?

Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will award a total of 370 Let’s Play grants through the end of 2016.

8. How will I know if I won a Let’s Play playground grant?

A KaBOOM! representative will call you to notify you and you will receive further information by email.

Let's Play Equipment Grants via Good Sports

1. What are Let’s Play equipment grants?

Let’s Play equipment grants are donations of brand-new sports equipment, footwear, and apparel to support youth across the country. Two types of grants will be administered:

a. Physical education kits to benefit school-based physical education programs, as well as activity-based after school programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs and recreation centers.

b. Sports and fitness equipment donations to benefit  organizations in the U.S. that provide youth sports programming in their community.

Each donation is designed to meet the needs of the program that is being supported. Equipment provided varies depending which Let’s Play grant is being received.

2. How do I apply for a Let’s Play equipment grant?

In order to apply for a Let’s Play equipment donation, you must complete the online application on the Good Sports website, which can be found here. There are separate applications for schools and organizations. In order for either application to be successfully submitted, it must be completed in its entirety.

If you have an application question, please email letsplay@goodsports.org.

3. Who can apply for a Let’s Play equipment grant?

To be eligible for a Let’s Play equipment donation, you must meet the following criteria:

a. Directly serve youth aged 3-18 years old.

b. Serve youth in disadvantaged areas.

c. Must be located in the United States.

d. Must not have applied and received an application decision in the last six months.

e. Operate an organized sport, fitness and/or recreation program (not necessarily competitive) that: offers coaching, is structured and meets on a consistent basis.

f. Must have General Liability Insurance.

All applicants must meet these criteria in order to be considered for a Let’s Play equipment donation.

4. What type of equipment is included in a Let’s Play Grant?

Physical education kits contain a variety of athletic equipment most commonly utilized during physical education classes and after school programs. This includes items such as basketballs, playground balls, jump ropes, etc.

Fitness and sports equipment donations are customized based on the particular sport or activity being offered. A member of the Let’s Play team at Good Sports will work with you directly to understand your specific equipment priorities and develop a sports equipment package to best meet those needs.

ALL sports are eligible to receive a donation. We believe that it is important that all youth are physically active regardless of what sport or activity they choose to play.

5. Am I able to apply for more than one Let’s Play equipment grant?

Unfortunately, no. However, organizations are encouraged to show that there is a need for sports equipment that will serve different youth populations when submitting their application. 

6. How will I know if you’ve received my Let’s Play equipment grant application?

You will be directed to a confirmation page once you have completed and submitted your application.

7. Where can I go to check on the status of my Let’s Play equipment grant application?

To check on the status of your application, you may email the Let’s Play team at letsplay@goodsports.org. Please allow 7-10 business days for your application to be reviewed.

8. How many Let’s Play equipment grant requests will you support?

      In 2016 Good Sports will be distributing 276 sports equipment grants through Let’s Play.

9. How are grant recipients selected for each Let’s Play equipment grant?

Applications will be thoroughly reviewed by the Good Sports staff. Applications will be assessed to determine where sports equipment will have the greatest impact. Also, phone interviews will be conducted to clarify any questions regarding the application.

10. How will I know if I was selected for a grant?

An award letter will be emailed to each organization that has been chosen to receive a Let’s Play equipment grant from Good Sports.  Please be sure to include a valid email address in your application.

11. What are the requirements of my organization once we are selected for a Let’s Play equipment grant?

Each organization that is selected to receive a Let’s Play grant is required to provide the following before they have received their donation:

a. Certificate of General Liability insurance

b. Signed and returned Liability release form

c. Payment of shipping and handling fee

d. Photos of the youth using the equipment (once you have received the donation)

e. Quotes regarding the impact of the donation

f. An evaluation form (form will be sent three months after receiving your equipment)

Other materials may be required as well. A Good Sports representative will contact you if any further information is needed.

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