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Alexander R
10700 Churchill Ave
(Multiple Locations)
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the project

The goal of 60 Days of Summer Recreation project is to provide 60 opportunities for families to increase public participation, stimulate emotional growth, and promote physical activity in areas lacking positive environments for recreation using our pop-up recess events. During our events, most of the play is unstructured, and attendees are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to create their own games while meeting other neighbors.  When there are enough participants, our paid Recess Coordinators begin organizing group games like Capture the Flag, Soccer, Battle Ball, Battle Soccer, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Joust, Bounce House Dodgeball, Whiffle Ball, and more (there are over 60 games in total). In between games, we create contests (e.g. hula hoop, tug of war, dance, etc.) where often the winner receives tickets to a local attraction (e.g. Cleveland Indians games, Cedar Point, and last summer we even gave away tickets to see Taylor Swift). 

Last year, we planned on throwing 50 events during our 50 Days of Summer Recreation program, but the requests for recess kept coming in.  By the end of the summer, we hosted 55 events in 12 different neighborhoods and helped over 5000 attendees drop their cell phones, get some exercise in, and build meaningful relationships during games of kickball, dodgeball, bubble soccer and all the other crazy games we've invented.  We've also invited wraparound services to contribute so attendees could possibly take home food boxes from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, back-to-school bookbags, healthy food demonstrations from Care-A-Van, custom hats and art pieces from Studio Go, heath screenings from UH, and many other awesome services.  Also, with the support of food donations from individuals and other community organizations we also fed over 1000 of the 5000 attendees last summer. 

Please visit and for event photos and for a list of the community events we've hosted.


the steps

1.     Reach out to CDCs, Schools, Parks and Rec, etc to raise awareness of our campaign, determine availability and feasibility of location use  -  April 2019

2.     Prepare summer schedule and recruit volunteers -  May 2019

3.     Purchase Equipment  -  May through July 2019

4.     Host 1st event -  June 1st, 2019

5.     Complete final event -  By 1st week of October 1st, 2019

6.     Complete Final Reports  -  November 2019

why we're doing it

Only 1 in 5 youth in the U.S. get the suggested 60 or more minutes of active play each day.  This program is uniquely important for kids in our communities given the diminishing extracurricular activities in our public schools, especially recess.  There is a strong need for positive, safe experiences for our youth and community members of all ages.  Research shows there is a direct correlation between physical activity and an overall positive, healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is also a direct correlation between impoverished neighborhoods, minorities and a lack of options for physical activity. Only 61% of African-American students get recess at school as compared to nearly 85% of white students. Neighborhoods with high rates of minorities and low incomes are the least likely to have resources to provide physical activity to its residents. Recess Cleveland simply provides these opportunities.  Play is a basic need and Recess Cleveland addresses this need by bring our solution to the residents where they are.  We are no experts in every neighborhood of Cleveland, so we work with community stakeholders (e.g. residents, schools, and in most cases community development organizations aka CDCs) to determine the location of our one-time, monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly pop up.

During recess events, the Recess Cleveland team builds an environment that helps neighbors who don't often see each other interact, brings families together in fun, encourages interaction between youth, adults and seniors all using fun community building activities and friendly competition. The benefits are many; including an increase in community engagement, an increase in positive interactions between neighbors and other attendees, and improvement in physical health via exercise for those who participate in the recess games. Neighbors in areas that support recess events will not only recognize each other from previous events, but will also have talking points when engaging in conversations. The positive relationships we develop should also deter fighting and reduce crime as neighbors often begin looking out for one another again.


Disbursed Budget:

Truck repairs, Bus Repairs, Insurance, and Gas (estimated) for the summer  2,200.00
New play equipment and storage fees 1,306.47
ioby Platform Fee 35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) 109.53
Total 3,651.00

TOTAL RAISED = $3,800.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $114.00

Original Budget:

Truck repairs, Bus Repairs, Insurance, and Gas (estimated) for the summer - $2200

Food for 10 Events in Glenville and 12 events in - $3000

More Temporary Fence Panels - $1200

New generators and play equipment - $3600


ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $310

TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,345


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