Playworks Milwaukee has been chosen to receive a two-year grant from KEEN Footwear Hyrbid.Care to help inspire play and physical activity in the Milwaukee business community. In addition, the grant will also help raise awareness about Playworks' efforts in the extended community.
As part of the two-year grant, Playworks will provide Corporate Recess free of charge to businesses across the country, including Portland, Denver, Philadelphia and Durham (NC), engaging adults in active play and providing opportunities for them to volunteer in Playworks schools.
“Beyond our day-to-day work in underserved schools, our vision is that all children have the opportunity to play every day,” says Playworks Milwaukee Executive Director Kristina Olkowski. “We have found that by engaging adults in healthy and meaningful play, they better understand its benefits and are more inclined to support the movement and realize our vision. KEEN Hybrid.Care’s grant allows Playworks to reach more deeply into businesses that can actively connect more adults to the movement.”
As part of the grant agreement, KEEN Hybrid.Care will fund Corporate Recess for at least 30 businesses in Milwaukee and four other cities around the country, providing more than 1,000 adults with two hours of recess through play-based team-building and community engagement activities. Corporate Recess participants will also be equipped and encouraged to volunteer at local Playworks schools.
“One of our goals at KEEN is to bring recess back to adults and kids around the world,” says KEEN Care and Community Manager Chris Enlow. “We are happy to be able to support that mission with our donation to the Playworks Corporate Recess program helping kids and adults across the country get outside and active in what will surely be a memorable and invigorating experience.”
The first Corporate Recess training will be scheduled for April, with the last completed by early June. Companies interested in participating can apply to the project through the Playworks Milwaukee website today.