5-2-1-0 PlayStations, a United Way of 1000 Lakes initiative, are installed in six local community parks including McGarry Park (Bigfork), Portage Park (Cohasset), Longyear Park (Coleraine), Lion's Park (Deer River), Oakland Park (Grand Rapids), and Veteran's Park (Marble). Boxes are equipped with sporting gear and park art supplies. Contents include jump ropes, kick balls, soccer balls, frisbees, sidewalk chalk, and more! PlayStations operate like a lending library for residents to enjoy while at their local park. Park visitors are encouraged to use the contents of the boxes to play, make new friends, and even come up with new games. When they are finished, PlayStation users are expected to return the equipment to the box for the next visitor to enjoy.
PlayStations are largely supported through a grant from Kimberly Clark’s Depend brand, and endorse the 5-2-1-0 initiative by encouraging kids and families to spend time engaging in outdoor activities. 5-2-1-0 is a program that promotes healthy lifestyles by increasing exercise, limiting screen time, and encouraging healthy eating choices for the whole family.
By providing free access to various park equipment through the PlayStation initiative, United Way of 1000 Lakes is encouraging local community members to spend time engaging in daily activity and is making steps towards a healthier Itasca County community.
For more information, call United Way of 1000 Lakes at 218-999-7570.
Downloads: PlayStation Summary
| 5-2-1-0 Fact Sheet
Adopt A PlayStation
Volunteer to monitor a PlayStation throughout the year for United Way! This volunteer will be responsible for making sure the PlayStation box they choose is filled with sporting equipment and check the box for damage or to report missing/damaged equipment. Let United Way know when supplies are low, and we will fill it back up!
Adopt A PlayStation
By sponsoring a PlayStation box, your business has the opportunity to give back to the community in a fun and interactive way that is also tangible for employees to see United Way's work in action! Generate a community of giving at your business by monitoring and maintaining the contents of the PlayStation box throughout the year.
Sponsor A PlayStation
Host A Drive
Are you a part of a civic group, corporation, or even a book club? Assemble a sporting equipment drive as a community service or team-building activity and feel great knowing your group is contributing to a healthier, stronger Itasca Area through play! Email or call United Way at 218-999-7570 for more information on how to host a drive.
Donate Sporting Equipment
Spring cleaning a garage? We want your gently used sporting equipment! Jump ropes, basketballs, hula hoops, and more are acceptable donations for our PlayStations! Drop them off at our office: 350 NW 1st Ave Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.
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