KaBOOM! the national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play came to the front yard of St. Angela School, 1332 North Massasoit Avenue in Austin, with more than 100 volunteer workers from Radio Flyer, the Chicago Bears, plus school board members, staff, alumni, and family and friends of St. Angela. In less than 7 hours, colorful playground equipment was assembled and put in place, cement was poured, mulch was spread, sod laid, benches and a stage were built, and flowers were planted. A magical children’s world grew from nothing.
Even the President of Radio Flyer was on the scene, hard at work with his company’s employees. George McCaskey of the Bears’ ownership family was assembling slides and climbing walls, all for children they don’t know and will probably never meet. At 3:00 PM, work was done and everyone gathered for a children’s parade leading them to the new playground the volunteer army had just created.