Group Focuses on Funding All-abilities Playgrounds for Children and Promoting Youth Health and Fitness in Metro Atlanta
Resurgens Charitable Foundation, established in 2001, is pleased to announce that donations to community programs now exceed $750,000.
The Foundation's most recent donation helped finance a ramp for a boy with cerebral palsy at Harmony Elementary School's new playground.
Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick, president of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation and co-president of Resurgens Orthopaedics, said the Foundation’s core mission of funding playgrounds so that children of all abilities can play together, remains at the heart of all their projects.
“While we have branched out to support a major state-wide project to combat childhood obesity and we continue to work to prevent injuries in youth sports, we maintain our goal of funding the construction of at least one all-abilities playground a year in our community,” she said.
“At Resurgens, we work with enough kids to realize that play is essential therapy to help young people grow stronger and healthier. Every child needs outdoor physical play. But some children who need it most, kids with disabilities, miss out because they simply don’t have suitable facilities,” states Dr. Joe Chandler, Executive Director of the Foundation.
The first playground funded by the Foundation and other civic organizations was completed in 2002 at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs in cooperation with the City of Atlanta. The all-abilities playgrounds include ramps, ground level activities, landing platforms and swings with special seats that allow all children to play.
Other playgrounds who have received funding by the Foundation are at Unity Place at Bay Creek Park in Grayson, D.L. Stanton Park in Atlanta, Kedron Park in Peachtree City, Peachtree Ridge in North Gwinnett County, City of Acworth Park in Acworth, East Cobb Park in Cobb County, Lithia Springs Park in Douglas County, Rockdale Youth Baseball Miracle Field Playground in Rockdale County, and Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park in Griffin.
Resurgens Charitable Foundation, whose mission is “to promote active lifestyles for people of all ages and all abilities,” was formed in 2001. Since then, it has evolved to focus on youth health and fitness, and raising funds to build specially designed all-abilities playgrounds for children in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A major goal of the Foundation is to support construction of at least one of these playgrounds a year. Learn more at www.resurgensfoundation.com.