Growing up close to Boston, the Boston Marathon has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. As little kids, my mom would take us into “town” to watch the runners. I knew early on that I wanted to be a runner on the road on the other side of that fence. April 20, 2020, I will fulfill a lifetime goal. I will be that runner on the road on the other side of that fence. And I will do it representing an organization we should all know about.
While my connection to the Play Brigade hasn’t been a long one, it has already changed my life forever. It has given me the chance to accomplish a lifetime goal while helping to spread a message we all can support. MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE. It’s an incredibly simple message that can be so complicated for some families. For me, a playground trip to any playground merely involves getting my kids dressed appropriately for the weather. And when I want to go for a run, I just need to put on my sneakers. The Play Brigade wants us to understand that while it isn’t nearly as easy for some, one’s abilities should not prevent them from also enjoying those playground trips or runs. The chance to have fun should not be determined by what one can or cannot do.
Every bib number the Play Brigade is given represents how well it is able to meet it’s yearly goals and fulfill it’s mission. The funds raised as part of the marathon charity program are essentially critical for the Play Brigade to continue its work and spread its message. Every penny of every dollar has a great impact that this organization feels greatly.
Creating a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, or sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community.
When Boston-area parents Dawn and Justin Oates realized their local playground was not equipped so their mobility-impaired daughter Harper could play alongside her siblings, they had a vision of creating a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community.
From that vision, The Play Brigade was born to educate people about the importance of fun, regardless of age or ability; provide inclusive play, recreation, and sports opportunities to communities and organizations; and develop programming that brings both together.
The Play Brigade is honored to have the support of John Hancock Financial and partnerships with The National Inclusion Project (co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken), the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department, the Town of Brookline Division of Parks and Open Space, and the Boston Red Sox.
Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to this important cause, and you will see how your contribution directly impacts the community in a way that is both tangible and vital.