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Playground Fundraiser | Area 10 Rotary Clubs

111 W 11th St, Wilmington 19801

Join us for a fundraiser for the Ninja Warrior Park Project by Area 10 Rotary Clubs at Juniper by Tonic. The evening will feature live entertainment from The Boomers, a local Delaware band featuring Rotary members!

In 2007, Area 10 Rotary clubs came together to build the first Boundless Playground in Delaware known as Can-Do Playground. Ten years later, the Can-Do Playground received an expansion that allowed for more inclusive play with an enhanced focus on physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional and sensory development of the whole child. Since the beginning of this project, Rotarians have contributed a significant amount of volunteer hours & funds to provide children and families with a place where kids, with and without disabilities, can play together. 

Today, Area 10 Rotary clubs, working with the organization Neighborhood Ninjas, plan to build the first outdoor ninja warrior park in the State of Delaware. This park will provide another play area that individuals with and without disabilities can play on. Unlike traditional playgrounds, which are typically built with elementary aged and younger children in mind, the ninja playground would be an obstacle-based playground designed to capture the imagination of older children, teens, and adults, while simultaneously encouraging family activity, time outdoors, regular (and accessible) movement, and growth mindset through altering perceived ability levels. Neighborhood Ninjas uses the sport of American Ninja Warrior to help under served youth develop active lifestyles, confidence, connection, compassion and resilience. Through their trauma-informed mentorship, scholarship opportunities, and community-building programs, they help low-income and underrepresented youth build social-emotional skills and a growth mindset in a safe, active environment intentionally designed to spread community, connection, and compassion.  

The cost of the project is estimated at $160,000 and so we need the help and support of our fellow Rotarian's one more time to make this project another success. We ask that you please help support by contributing to the ninja warrior park project.

This project will build one new playground, designed to serve people of all ages—but particularly teens, young adults, and adults—from Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding area. Despite being one of the smallest cities to be included in a major metro area, Wilmington has high rates of concentrated poverty (racially and geographically), elevated murder rates, and limited avenues for economic mobility. The Center for Disease Control reports that in some of the small city’s more violent neighborhoods, 60 percent of children have experienced trauma while only a fifth of children living in the rest of Delaware has this type of experience. In addition to providing youth with a safe space to play and challenge themselves, Neighborhood Ninjas will host trauma-informed community days at the playground once it is complete. Community Days are trauma-informed events for kids to help them develop the mindset to overcome the obstacles they face on the ninja course and in life. Neighborhood Ninjas events foster confidence, connection, community, growth mindset, and resilience for kids who need a little extra love and support, and we are committed to continuing to support the community even after the playground has been built.

Tickets can be purchased to attend this event for $25 each. Additional donations can be made online with PayPal or by check. Checks should be made payable to The Wilmington Delaware Area Rotary Clubs Community Fund. Checks can be mailed to 1104 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809.

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