The Gift of Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is an essential part of learning and of childhood. It improves flexability and muscle strength, coordination and body awareness, motor skills and balance. It builds self-esteem and impoves behavior, allows time for socialization and connection with nature.

This is especially true for Matheny's children and adults who rely on us to help them thrive. 

On Giving Tuesday, please consider giving our children and adults a gift that will make a difference all year long: the gift of outdoor play.

This year's campaign focuses on a much-needed update and expansion of the "Secret Garden", our fully accessible outdoor playground and space utilized by our students and residents, their caregivers and families.

Children and adults with disabilities need play and exploration even more than typically developing individuals. The playground at Matheny is essential in providing our students and residents the greatest opportunity to reach their highest potential and achieve the goals set forth in their individualized education and healthcare plans.

Your gift would:

  • Further facilitate communication skills and tactile experiences with an adaptive raised garden, picture panels and sensory boards for all of our children and adults to feel and explore.
  • Install a modern rubberized ground area that will increase accessibility and safety for both partially ambulatory children and those who use wheelchairs.
  • Add exciting state-of-the-art adaptive playground equipment including a zero-level entry "Inclusive Whirl" and an adaptive trampoline.
  • Bring smiles to our children's faces and make a critical difference in their lives, every day, all year long.

This #GivingTuesday, consider gifting the children of Matheny with the playground they deserve.

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