Fort Wayne is being recognized for its efforts in making play a priority for the health and well-being of area children. Nationwide, Fort Wayne is one of 213 cities named a 2012 Playful City USA Community by the non-profit organization, KaBOOM!
Dedication to increasing play opportunities for children helped distinguish Fort Wayne as it earned this distinction for the third year.
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KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the Play Deficit by ensuring their children have the time and space they need to play.
Huh. I did not know we had a Play Deficit (and judging by the capital letters, we know it is a Serious Issue). Good thing the city has a Play Task Force that is focused on "inclusiveness, safety and education about why play is important." Those kids, you know, if you just leave them alone, they'll never figure out how to play. Guess what? On my way home yesterday, I saw an actual child who was actually outside! He was sitting on a porch, texting.
KaBOOM! Uh huh.