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ATD Helping Remove Playground Barriers for Children

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American Tire Distributors has partnered with non-profit Boundless Playgrounds to build a playground accessible to children with and without disabilities

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The playground, which ATD is helping fund with a $100,000 donation, will be located in Huntersville, N.C., where ATD is based.

ATD unveiled plans for the playground and announced an additional $70,000 in charitable gifts to two Charlotte-area human services agencies during its 20th annual American Tire Distributors Charity Classic, which this year crossed the $1 million mark in total funds raised for local non-profits.

The playground is the first of many that ATD hopes to build nationally, and a rubber surface made from recycled tires and a customized tire swing.

“We can’t imagine a better use for worn-out tires, and we’re proud to partner with Boundless Playgrounds to provide a safe, positive place where all children can play, interact, and develop physically and socially,” said Bill Berry, ATD president and CEO. “We look forward to the completion of the first Boundless Playground in the Charlotte region and hope to build similar playgrounds in other communities across the country over the years to come.”

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All Boundless Playgrounds include universally accessible paths and surfaces allowing both children and caregivers with disabilities to navigate play areas freely. In addition, they offer wheelchair accessibility to the highest platforms, swings and bouncers with back support and elevated sand tables and activity panels to enable children with disabilities to play more freely.

“More than 7 million children nationwide have a disability that prohibits them from enjoying the full experience of a traditional community playground,” said Fred Leone, CEO of Boundless Playgrounds. “Our playgrounds are designed to put all children in the middle of the fun, where they can play together and learn to appreciate each others’ abilities.”

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