Beal Draws a PlaygroundPosted on July 11, 2013
Alexa Dettelbach | WashingtonWizards.com
Bradley Beal has been hard at work on and off the court this offseason. In between rehabbing and getting back into the swing of things before the Wizards tip off the season, Beal has managed to find time to give back to the local community.
Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that brings play to children who need it most, have come together to build a playground at Eagle Academy Public Charter School. The playground will be themed around the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, and Washington Wizards.
On Tuesday July 9, Beal attended a brainstorming session with students from the school. Their recommendations will be executed when 200 volunteers build the playground in one day on September 26.
From the moment Beal stepped into the classroom the kids were all smiles —including Beal himself. After a few warm up activities everyone was given the opportunity to design their own dream playgrounds and share it with the group at the end.
Some of the suggestions from the session included the regulars on a playground such as monkey bars, swings, and slides, while others were out of the ordinary such as man caves, swimming pools, water slides, Wizards basketball courts, run ways to fly planes, and much more. Beal himself had a basketball court, swimming pool, and swings.
"My favorite part was definitely interacting with them and drawing," Beal said after the event. "I take drawing seriously. My playground didn't turn out how I wanted it to, but I'll have to settle for what it is."
"Key parts [of it] are a castle that nobody else had, huge basketball court several people had, and a swimming pool with slides on it too, so hopefully they"ll incorporate it."
KaBOOM! was started in Washington, DC in 1996 and since then it has mapped out over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and were successful on their advocacy of play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. The Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation is responsible for the charitable actions of the teams under their umbrella. The two organizations have come together and are in the process of building something special for the community.
"It [is] a lot of fun whenever you have the opportunity to put smiles on kids faces and interact with them and show them that you appreciate them and that you care about them," Beal said. "They know who you are, so I just show my appreciation by coming in and designing a playground."
Bradley Beal's Drawing:
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