The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation and Playworld Partner to Bring Inclusive Play to Selinsgrove, PA
Lewisburg, PA – April 23, 2019 – The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds children's causes focused on critical issues, and Playworld, a leading commercial playground equipment manufacturer in Lewisburg, today announced a ground-breaking event for a new inclusive playground.
The All Inclusive Playground is located at East Snyder Park, 875 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, in Snyder County Pennsylvania. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019, beginning at 8:50am. In attendance will be Andy and Cindy Russell, and John Gordner, Pennsylvania State Senator representing the 27th district. There will also be a community build day on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 7am-3pm. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page. Both events will be held rain or shine.
The play space will feature innovative, inclusive Playworld play equipment, including an AeroGlider, Cozy Cocoon, Cruise Line, and Unity SpinR and RockR. The new Inclusive Playground will offer play experiences for children of all abilities, a chance to engage with one another, to make new friends, to be encouraged, to overcome a challenge, and to learn compassion and empathy.
Andy Russell, Chairman of The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation, is a 12-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 7-time Pro Bowl player. Recognized for just as many merits off the field as during his playing days, Andy and his wife Cindy have devoted their retirement years to numerous charitable endeavors, especially those focused on children's issues. “We are thrilled to partner with Playworld”, said Andy Russell. “Having our two organizations collaborate to provide a rich, exciting, inclusive play space where children of all abilities can grow and learn is a wonderful opportunity for The Foundation.”
“We are honored to partner with Andy Russell and The Russell Charitable Foundation for this wonderful new Inclusive Playground”, said Annette Camuso-Sarsfield, Chief Human Resources Officer at PlayPower, Playworld’s parent company. “The Foundation has brought smiles to the faces of many children and families over the years. It is wonderful that they now will have an important presence in the central Pennsylvania region. Our mutual commitment and dedication to healthy, happy children are the core of our partnership. The new inclusive play space is about everyone enjoying and sharing in the holistic benefits of play: physical, sensory, and social. It will be a great place for all ages and abilities to enjoy."
About The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation
The Andy Russell Charitable Foundation was created in March 1999, primarily to contribute funds to children’s charities. The Foundation hopes to support several programs, particularly important mediation research organizations concentrating on those for children. To date, the foundation has supported the following charities:
Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, The Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia Society, The Cancer Society, Economics PA, Cystic Fibrosis, Mothers Hope, Juvenile Diabetes, SIDS, and Pittsburgh Vision Services.
Playworld believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone’s health and well-being. It’s something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld equipment is designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger and imagination can take flight. For almost five decades, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Playworld is a division of PlayPower®, Inc.
The Andy Russel Charitable Foundation