Friday, June 17, 2016

Five $20,000 Playground Grants to Be Awarded in 2016 Let’s Play Video Contest

Ten communities have the chance to receive new playground equipment courtesy of Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s (DPS) Let’s Play initiative and KaBOOM!. Five $20,000 playground build grants will be awarded in this year’s Let’s Play Video Contest, and it’s up to the public to choose the winners.

From June 13 through June 24, users can vote once per day for any of the 10 finalists posted in the 2016 Video Contest tab on the Let’s Play Facebook page or at Five finalists with the greatest number of votes at the end of the voting period will each win a $20,000 Let’s Play grant to help bring play to their communities.

Schools, organizations and communities all across the country submitted video applications to Let’s Play during the month of April explaining why they need a new playground. Many applicants are located in lower-income areas that lack safe places for children to play. The applicants were narrowed down to a group of 10 finalists by a panel of judges from Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM!.

“Let’s Play is designed to provide the tools, places and inspiration for active play, and our contest finalists have done a tremendous job demonstrating the excitement behind their efforts to bring more play to their communities,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs at DPS. “We’re excited to offer the Let’s Play Video Contest as an opportunity for them to rally support behind their efforts to create a great place to play for their kids.”

DPS and KaBOOM! will notify winners shortly following the conclusion of the voting period and will have one year to plan and complete their playground.

This is the sixth year Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! have partnered to bring the Let’s Play Video Contest to life. By 2017, Dr Pepper Snapple’s Let’s Play initiative will provide nearly 10 million kids more opportunities to play through grants for new and improved playgrounds and/or sports equipment, helping kids achieve balanced lifestyles.

About Let’s Play 

Let's Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will provide nearly 10 million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active through Let's Play. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let's Play is working to eliminate the ‘play deficit' by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit or

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group 

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit For our latest news and updates, follow us at or

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