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In 1995 Darell Hammond read an article in the Washington Post about an unthinkable tragedy: two young children suffocated in a car on a hot summer day in southeast Washington, DC. The story indicated that the children had nowhere to play; in the absence of a playground, they had climbed into an abandoned car. Reading the article fueled Hammond’s sense of injustice, and his life’s mission came into focus. Hammond founded KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that provides communities with tools, resources, and guidance to build and renovate playgrounds and playspaces.

In some of the toughest and poorest neighborhoods in North America, 2,000 barren spaces have been transformed by KaBOOM! and more than a million volunteers and community members into kid-designed, fun, and imaginative places to play. This is the story of a man with a vision, a man who believes that play is the best natural resource in a creative economy, and that kids need more of it. Play is not a luxury but a necessity for their lives. Through hard work, commitment, and the conviction that access to a safe play environment is the fundamental right of all children, Hammond built an organization that has touched the lives of countless children and families. Hammond’s story demonstrates how one idealist can change the world—and how small, civic-minded steps create a ripple effect that can transform communities and eventually the world at large.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It takes equal parts audacity, creativity, and vision to build an organization as successful as KaBOOM!—and Darell Hammond has that special blend.”

    Maria Shriver, award-winning journalist, activist, and New York Times bestselling author

  • “A searching and practical journey through triumphs and disappointments, KaBOOM! will inspire and enlighten you with the boundless possibilities of imagination, creativity, and play.”

    Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts

  • “Darell Hammond’s visionary work is helping bring national attention to the critical ‘play deficit’ so many children face and transforming not just children but entire communities. Read this compelling, engaging book and be inspired.”

    Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Courtney | 5/15/2011

    " Great exploration of community based approaches to solving important societal issues. Darell Hammond is inspirational and KABOOM! Has set an example for how innovative ideas can scale and create meaningful change. "

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About the Author

Darell Hammond is the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an innovative nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that brings volunteers and community members together to build playgrounds for children across the country. Founded out of his apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,000 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Darell and his wife, Kate, live in Washington, DC.