Backyard Discovery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward to host project
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — April 18, 2016 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County announces the BIG Swing Set Project 2016 in conjunction with Backyard Discovery. The event, scheduled for April 27-30 at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, will create a Guinness World Record for the longest swing set.
The BIG Swing Set Project is an ambitious initiative from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County (BBBS Broward) and Backyard Discovery to increase awareness of the impact mentoring has on children on the path to reaching their potential. The goal is to delight and inspire adults and children alike by living a childhood dream – having the largest swing set in the world.
BIG Swing Set Project will be the largest community service project ever completed by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Backyard Discovery, the largest residential swing set manufacturer in the US is donating the 50 deluxe modular swing sets for the Guinness Book of World Records project. Backyard Discovery products inspire imaginative outdoor play that help children build muscle, strength and coordination. Their sets include slides, swings, monkey bars, rock walls and more to get children playing outside.
The project and construction will begin on Wednesday, April 27 and the BIG Swing Set will be completed by Friday, April 29. The assembled swing sets will be very impressive – it will span more than the length of a football field. Sponsors and volunteers for the event include Publix, COMCAST, Miller Construction, Stiles, Advanced Roofing, Chester’s Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson and a team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward board members.
On Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 am, Bigs and Littles will join us at the BIG Swing Set Project Community Reveal at Markham Park located at 16001 W. State Rd. 84 in Sunrise, Florida. The event will officially mark the Guinness World Record for the longest swing set. And, during the event, a small hidden plaque on each deluxe swing set will be revealed showing that each of them is for one of the families on site (surprise!). The reveal will be followed by a celebration and picnic until noon for all attendees, volunteers and the families receiving the assembled swing sets. After the celebration, volunteers will start the delivery of the swing sets to local families in the BBBS Broward program.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Backyard Discovery on this project,” said Ana Cedeno, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. “The community support for BIG Swing Set Project has been strong and the families attending the Saturday event will be so excited when they find out they will get one of these sets for their homes. I suspect we’ll see a lot of big smiles!”
“This project is about raising awareness about both the importance of mentoring and kids’ health. The benefits of playing outdoors instead of indoors on computers or phones makes a huge difference in children’s health,” said Thomas Reed, E-Commerce Manager of Backyard Discovery. “We’re delighted to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward and the families they serve get outside to play.”
A time-lapse video of the epic swing set along with the volunteering, mentoring, building, playing smiling, learning, laughter and joy from all the people involved will be available from Backyard Discovery after the project is completed and will be shared on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s Facebook page.
Teams and individuals interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can contact Lisa Lachs at email@example.com or call her at (954) 584-9990 ext. 225.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives the children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.
Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.bbbsbroward.org or call (954) 584-9990.
About Backyard Discovery
Backyard Discovery is a division of Backyard Leisure Holdings, based in Pittsburg, KS who manufactures wood swing sets, playhouses, patio products, and sheds under many brands. The company began in 1968 as Politron,Inc. based in Pittsburg, KS. At that stage, the company manufactured metal and plastic products for agriculture including livestock gates, watering and feeding products. Since then the company has diversified and eventually changed its focus to quality wooden backyard products. We became Leisure Time Products. In 2007 we merged with Backyard Adventures, and became Backyard Leisure Holdings.
We now sell more playsets than any other manufacturer in the country. Our full-featured sets range in price from $299 to over $20,000, yet each one offers a full range of play stations including swings, slides, and climbing walls plus much, much more. All our sets are designed with the utmost safety in mind, allowing you and your child to get years of enjoyment out of the playset with the confidence they’re getting plenty of exercise, fresh air, and developing their imagination!
Take a vacation in your backyard! Get the kids outside and off the video games, and spend some quality time together. Enjoy!
For more information about Backyard Discovery, visit www.backyarddiscovery.com or call (855) 308-6871.
Coleen Sterns Leith, President
Tel: (954) 925-1511 ext. 3