City News & Events

Posted on: February 15, 2017

200 Volunteers Improve Deerfield Beach Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play

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Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Hillsboro Community Center

Saturday, March, 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Photo/Interview Opportunities Available

More than 200 volunteers from JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (@JMFamilyEnterprises), the City of Deerfield Beach (@DFB_City), The McDougle Family Foundation, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and the community will join forces on Saturday, March 11, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Hillsboro Community Center. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in January.  
Saturday, March 11
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.          
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.        
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.          
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.          
(Times approximate)
Kick-off ceremony
Best viewing of playground construction
Final construction phase
Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Hillsboro Community Center
50 Hillsboro Technology Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Hundreds of community volunteers
Retired NFL Players, Stockar and Jerome McDougle
Colin Brown, President & CEO, JM Family

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids (#playmatters).

The new playground will bring more than 1,400 kids in Deerfield Beach one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Deerfield Beach more playable.

“Currently, in this part of the district there is no play area available to the children. This will be the first and the City of Deerfield Beach could not be more excited,” said the District Commissioner, Gloria Battle.

The playground is the second built by JM Family and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. JM Family supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

Before and after shots
Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment
Volunteers moving more than 1,200 square feet of safety surfacing by hand
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground


About the City of Deerfield Beach

The City of Deerfield Beach is a government organization that represents 79,796 residents. Located on the beautiful east coast of southern Florida, Deerfield Beach is the 37th largest city in the State of Florida and the northernmost city in Broward County. It is a vibrant coastal community named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. Within the city's 15-square miles of land lies a unique mix of urban and suburban living complete with a well-balanced industrial and commercial population. With year-round tropical weather, acres of city parks, a growing corporate community, numerous athletic programs and at least 90 days of city sponsored special events, Deerfield Beach is South Florida’s rarest gem. Find us at or

About The McDougle Family Foundation

The Deerfield Beach Bison Youth Sports Program is a youth sports program presented by the City of Deerfield Beach and The McDougle Family Foundation. The McDougle Family Foundation mission is to build a team of role models and mentors that will bring stability to today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders by tutoring, mentoring and encouraging our youth to stay focused on their health, social skills and academics, while exposing them to appropriate career paths, higher education and healthy lifestyles. The McDougle Family Foundation started from the vision of two brothers who are retired NFL Players, Stockar and Jerome McDougle both played at rival high schools, one Deerfield Beach High and the other Ely High. Both attending college and becoming first round draft picks into the NFL. For more information, please visit


About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $14.5 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” JM Family is also ranked No. 66 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 18th consecutive year on the list. Primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp. and JM Lexus. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. Interact with JM Family at


About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit or join the conversation at or

CONTACT:          The McDougle Family Foundation: Ilona Wolpin, 305-943-6781,  

                                City of Deerfield Beach: Rebecca Medina Stewart, 954.480.4417,

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.: Lauren Fyke, 954-420-3279,

KaBOOM!: Lucy Nutting, 202-464-6195,

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