BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Children of imprisoned parents have a new safe haven to call their own thanks to the donation of a $40,000 playground to a Brooklyn nonprofit.
National food chain Wingstop teamed up with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday to construct a custom play area for the Children of Promise center on MacDonough Street.
“My heart is so filled with joy right now and I’m just so overwhelmed in the experiences that you are providing for our young people,” Children of Promise founder Sharon Content told volunteers.
“All the hours they are going to spend in this backyard, it’s all because of you.”
The Bed-Stuy nonprofit serves 350 children of prisoners and their families each year with mental health services, mentoring, summer camp and afterschool programs.
In just one day, more than 20 volunteers built the playground for kids ages six through 13 under the supervision of nonprofit KaBOOM!. The group also contributed a $15,000 construction grant to the project.
The new space features the CPNYC logo along with a small climbing wall and monkey bars.
CPNYC is the first location in Wingstop’s 10-city “Flavor Tour,” during which the company will work with various charities and NBA teams to build playgrounds and basketball courts.
“This connects us with the community, this is where our customers are. But at the same time we recognize the need to give back and support their causes and efforts,” said Charlie Morrison, Wingstop president and CEO.
The food chain set up trucks outside 54 MacDonough St. Monday to give out free wings to local residents, and Nets player Markel Brown stopped by for the playground's unveiling.
As a sponsor of CPNYC, the Brookyn Nets have provided game tickets for mentors and children, hosted back-to-school carnivals and refurbished the center’s gym.
“Having corporations work with nonprofits to meet the needs in the community can really intensify our safe, fun space and have everyone work in the collaborative spirit,” Content said.
“We want to see this happen throughout America.”