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Alexander R
2400 Orange Avenue, #6462
(Several Neighborhoods)
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the project

According to new research, commissioned by The Genius of Play and conducted by OnePoll, seven in 10 parents surveyed believe spending a year in quarantine will have long-term effects on their child’s growth and development.  68% of parents believe that their child's social skills were stunted as a result of spending so much time in isolation.  72% of parents said they believe during 2020 their child was lonelier than ever before, a feeling that carried over into their own lives; 58 percent said they, too, felt lonelier than ever during the pandemic. After years of location instability, Recess Cleveland is looking forward to bringing our socially-distanced pop-up games to the Midtown / Hough neighborhood in a 25,000 sq foot pop-up facility we would like to call The Fun Lab.  To address the issues of social isolation, loneliness, and essential relationship development skills lost during quarantine, our Fun Lab will feature a "Glow in the Dark" art therapy and music experience, two large group game areas, two photo booth areas, a "Freecess" (aka an unorganized play or free recess play) area, and an indoor skating rink (run by our good partners and now roommates...the RollinBuckeyez Foundation). 

Recess Cleveland will provide FREE programming at the Fun Labs during the week and to keep the space sustainable we'll offer pay-to-play access to the public on weekends (seven areas for one low price yet to be determined).  Donating to this campaign will help us provide our safe play pro our Midtown / Hough indoor recess facility (aka Fun Lab) while also empower 20 residents and 3 organizations to join our Play Champion program.  What is a Play Champion?  Every early adopter of the Play Champion program will complete their training and test out new games in our Fun Lab.  Play Champion is a community-based play outreach program for organizers, and organizations, who would like to host play events in their area.  The goal of Play Champions is to partner with passionate play organizers and organizations who host community play events and provide them with marketing assistance for their community play events (e.g. professionally designed flyers and their own RecessGroup), insurance (additionally insured), access to Recess Cleveland as a fiscal agent to apply for grants (e.g. Neighborhood Connections, MyCom, Land Studio, etc.), FREE equipment rentals from Recess Cleveland’s play inventory, and additional funding support (through mini-grants, crowdfunding support, etc.). To increase access to play items, we’re allowing individual Play Champions to signup up to receive a Play Library.  Play Libraries are a giant locker containing 3-6 lock boxed rental compartments filled with play items for popular games in their targeted area (e.g compartment one may contain a kickball set with real bases, two may contain a flag football set with a really nice football, etc).  Anyone who signs up on our website or app (coming soon) will be able to rent equipment from Play Libraries 100% FREE for up to 6 days.  The Play Champion program will help Recess Cleveland address the issue of access to play items and opportunities for play in 5 target neighborhoods (Hough / Midtown, St. Clair-Superior, Union-Miles, and Glenville).  

What games will be played in the Fun Lab? Well, no two visits to the Fun Lab will be alike as there will be multiple games and contests in rotation.  Currently, games and contest may include: Angry Birds (Life Size), Angry Humans, Battle Ball, Battle Lights, Battle Lights on Skates, Connect 4 Golf, Doctor Dodgeball, Dodgeball, Dodgeball Fire, Double Dutching, Fowling, Freecess, Gellyball, Giant Bubble Station, Hula , Hooping, Joust, Jump Roping, Mini Golf, Photo Booth, Ping Pong Ball Challenge, Precision Passing, Quick Hands (Battle Lights Game), Reverse Dodgeball, Tank Wars, Team Tic-Tac-Toe, Tug-o-War, Whack-a-Lite, Zombie Dodgeball, Zorb Basketball, Zorb Dodgeball, Zorb Hamster Racing, Capture the Flag, "Glow in the Dark" Capture the Flag, "Rage in the Cage" Dodgeball, Human Foosball, Adult Bounce House games, Zorb Track Racing, All Around the World, Art Therapy, Battle Paper Rock Scissors aka Hula Hop Showdown, Bounce House Dodgeball, Bounce House Volleyball, Connect 4 Basketball, Dribble Knockout, Four Square, Giant Pool, Hippity Hop Racing, Hoverboard Racing, HoverKart Racing, Hula Hoop Ring Toss, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Knockout Football, Obstacle Course Racing, Toddler Town, Tug-O-War Basketball, Capture the Light, Infiltration, Simon Sez

...but more will be added as we continue to develop new games.

Please share this campaign with your family and friends.  Anyone who donates gets discounted or ‘Buy One Get One’ tickets in return.


the steps

Build a website to build a contact list of interested Play Champions ---> Starting Mid-February 

Prepare the Fun Lab Space ---> Starting end of February

Develop a social media Campaign for Fun Lab Space --->  Starting Beginning of March

Finish prep of Fun Lab Space ---> Mid-March

Invite Play Champions and Donors to test Fun Lab space and create marketing videos ---> Mid-March

Public Launch of Fun Lab Space ---> Beginning of April

Testing of outdoor Play Library at Fun Lab ---> Beginning of April 

Launch of Play Library at (at least) two additional spaces ---> Mid-April to Beginning of May

why we're doing it

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, only 24% of youth ages 6 to 17 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, down from 30% a decade earlier.  Recess Cleveland plans on increasing access to play items and incentivizing existing play organizers to host more events in the Hough / Midtown, St. Clair-Superior, Union-Miles, and Glenville neighborhoods with our Play Champion program. According to the Center for Community Solutions Neighborhood Fact Sheets, up to 61% of the families living in those neighborhoods are living below poverty (Union-Miles at 50.6%, Glenville at 56.6%, Hough at 61.0%, and St. Clair-Superior at 55.9%) and there are also over 10,000 children living below the poverty level in those neighborhoods (2987 in Union-Miles, 4348 in Glenville, 2094 in Hough, and 969 in St. Clair-Superior).  According to researchers at the Aspen Institute, kids from lower-income homes face increasing participation barriers to play. In 2018, 22% of kids ages 6 to 12 in households with incomes under $25,000 played sports on a regular basis, compared to 43% of kids from homes earning $100,000 or more. Kids from the lowest-income homes are more than three times as likely to be physically inactive.  Kids who are physically active are one-tenth as likely to be obese. They’re more likely to go on to college and less likely to suffer chronic diseases. Retiring from organized sports or not engaging in unstructured play at a young age can reduce the chances of these benefits.



Play Equipment (Dodgeballs, Footballs, Pool Noodles, Sand, etc) - $2000 

Glow in the Dark Equipment and Supplies (Stickers, Paint, Lights, Glow Sticks, etc) - $2000

Three Play Libraries (with locks and required modifications) - $1250

Paint and Supplies (Paint Sprayer Rental, Paint Brushes, Plastic, Painters Tape, etc) - $1250

Marketing (Banners, T-Shirts, Social Media Boosts) - $1100

Cleaning Supplies and Equipment (Cordless Foggers, Sanitizer, Disinfectant) - $500

Forty 55 Gallon Water Containers - $400

ioby Platform Fee     $35
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $233
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $7,768
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.     



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