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COA Youth & Family Centers Awarded $15,000 Let’s Play Construction Grant From Dr Pepper Snapple and National Non-Profit KaBOOM!

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide.

By - Aug 3rd, 2015 12:08 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI, August, 3rd, 2015 – Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded COA Youth & Family Centers a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that was used to build a playground at the new Burke Early Education Center, located on 24th St and Burleigh St.

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016.

“COA and our partners in the Amani neighborhood are so excited to bring affordable, quality early education programming to this community, as well as a safe place to play with this brand new playground,” said Thomas P. Schneider, COA’s Executive Director.

The Burke Early Education Center is scheduled to begin classes in August. The Center has capacity to enroll 116 children ages six weeks – six years old and is an Early Head Start provider.  The playground offers age-appropriate play structures for all children enrolled at the center.

Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the joyful childhood filled with play they need to thrive. Through the first three years, they built 41 playgrounds, with more than 2,300 DPS employees contributing nearly 19,000 volunteer hours in the construction, and provided grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for the improvement of another 2,004 playgrounds by the end of 2013.

Visit Let’s Play at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.

About COA Youth & Family Centers

Since 1906, COA Youth & Family Centers has helped Milwaukee children, teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered via its urban community centers and rural camp facility. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and cooperation and promotes personal growth and positive social interaction. For more information about COA Youth & Family Centers, visit

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. Since Let’s Play launched in 2011, DPS has worked with nonprofit KaBOOM! to build or improve more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America and in 2014 partnered with Good Sports to provide sports gear for deserving athletic organizations in communities coast to coast. For more information, visit or

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit For our latest news and updates, follow us at or

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or

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