My team and I will collaborate closely with the neighbourhood kids as they are active participants in the building process from beginning to end. They will assist in planning, developing and executing the playground or youth center. The collaborative effort gets them active and creates a connection with the kids and their “space” so that they gain that sense of ownership and care for a place that they helped build. From my experience as a young kid building things, there is no greater sense of satisfaction when you see something that you’ve built being enjoyed by others. I hope to impart that same feeling in our young builders with Carter’s Kids.
You can send donations, gifts, and general inquiries to:
16255 Ventura Blvd. Suite #625,
Encino, CA 91436
4TH ANNUAL CARTER’S KIDS CHARITY GOLF EVENT
TWO NEW PLAYGROUNDS IN DETROIT
PHOENIX, AZ PLAYGROUND
Our project partners, Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together were equally as excited as we were to build this special playground and despite rainy weather, a beautiful new playground was built.
SACRAMENTO, CA PLAYGROUND
RALEIGH, NC PLAYGROUND
Thanks to our sponsors, Lowe’s and their hard-working crew of volunteers, Garner has a beautiful new playground.
THE TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUM’S ‘CARTER’S KIDS’ NIGHT
Carter and Amy both threw out the first pitch before the game and were able to sign autographs and take pictures throughout the game. We so appreciate the Wuerful family and their hospitality!
CHICAGO, IL PLAYGROUND
NEW BASKETBALL COURT ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA, NY
WASHINGTON DC PLAYGROUND OPENED
CARTERS KIDS FUN RUN
The racecourse is one mile long and the course is lined with tens of thousands of patrons, all rooting for the participants. We are looking forward to reaching over 1,000 children running, very soon!
CARTER AND DWYANE WADE REFURBISH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, DALLAS
Last weekend, HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse stood in a Dallas gymnasium and got to announce the arrival of superstar Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. While not one of their hometown players, Wade was in town for the NBA’s All-Star weekend, and the duo received cheers not only for their on-camera talents, but for the time they were committing to the Turnkey Boys & Girls Club of southern Dallas.
Oosterhouse’s nonprofit organization Carter’s Kids works to promote fitness and self-esteem to young people. With much of the nation’s focus on the childhood obesity epidemic, America’s Boys & Girls Clubs need added attention to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. “The Boys & Girls Clubs do wonderful things,” Oosterhouse said. “[The Turnkey Boys & Girls Club] is the oldest in Dallas. It had seen better days.”
Carter’s Kids, along with the Wade’s World Foundation — Dwyane Wade’s nonprofit entity — completely refurbished the club, built a new playground, repainted the gym walls and added new lights, in what they called The Big Assist. “The reaction was amazing,” Oosterhouse said. “That’s why I started Carter’s Kids. When you get that natural response that only kids can give, it’s so worthwhile. They were so excited to see Dwyane Wade.
They felt it was really cool that people were reaching out and supporting them.
The Wade’s World Foundation supports education and health for at-risk children through local programs. Wade has said his goal is to leave the world better than he found it, based on his mother’s encouragement that life is bigger than basketball. Oosterhouse agrees that community-based involvement is where to start. “I definitely think you have to be local first,” he said. “Whatever
you can do, whether it’s your local school or a local Boys & Girls Club. There’s the front line of trying to attack this problem and curb childhood obesity.”
You can contribute to either the Wade’s World Foundation or to Carter’s Kids to further these charitable efforts.