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Darell Hammond, Founder Of KaBOOM! Playgrounds

Darell Hammond, Founder of KaBOOM! Playgrounds

Darell Hammond grew up with seven brothers and sisters at Mooseheart, a group home outside of Chicago. The Mooseheart community instilled in Darell the power of volunteerism and helping those less fortunate.  His journey would eventually lead him to co-found KaBOOM! in 1995 and begin his lifelong commitment to give all children the opportunity to play. Under Darell’s leadership as Chief Executive Officer, KaBOOM! has raised over 100 million dollars to build over 1,500 playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks and improved thousands of others across America in just 12 years.  Darell has won numerous national service and leadership awards and has been profiled in People, Washingtonian, Fortune, Fast Company and Worth magazines, the Non-Profit Times, the Chronicle on Philanthropy and Crain’s Chicago Business. He has also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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