Adobe and KaBOOM Work to Bring Play to Life

October 30, 2013

Adobe team brings joy one playground at a time
Adobe team brings joy one playground at a time

On a cool fall day, more than 100 Adobe employees partnered with SAP and KaBOOM! to build a playground for Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, California. With executive sponsorship from Adobe executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations Matt Thompson and support from chief financial officer Mark Garrett and chief information officer Gerri Martin-Flickinger, this annual event has been a tremendous opportunity for teams at Adobe to come together in a fun way and make an impact on the community.

Finishing-touches“Our Adobe community never ceases to amaze me. Dedication, imagination and enthusiasm were all encompassed in this year’s playground build,” says Bing Han, Customer Advocacy program manager and the Adobe lead for the KaBOOM! build. “As our partnership with SAP & KaBOOM! continues to grow, we continue to demonstrate our leadership on and off the playground: in service to our employees’ own passions, as well as in service to the community. And that’s something I’m incredibly proud to be part of!”

Stabilizing playground Along with 150 SAP and community volunteers, teams worked together to not only create a playground, but also beautify the campus with a mural painting, new seating areas around the campus and a new bulletin board in front of the school.

In just six short hours, more than 250 volunteers from Adobe, SAP and the community:

  • Mixed 23,000 pounds of concrete
  • Moved 190 cubic yards of mulch
  • Painted the basketball court, picnic tables and chess boards
  • Built 10 child picnic tables
  • Built 2 shade structures
  • Built 16 benches
  • Built an amazing playground structure, complete with a rock wall, slither slide, swings, and a superdome

“This was such a great event,” says Rob Giglio, Adobe’s vice president of Worldwide eCommerce & Retail. “Adobe is proud to partner and support KaBOOM’s overall mission to promote creative play for children. With this playground, this community is now able to have a safe place to play, and that’s something we all can rally behind.”

See the ABC7 news clip covering this event.

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