Tim McCoy-Variety KC volunteer, Board of Director Member spoke at City Council Meeting: August 2020

Variety is honored to receive this resolution and to let you know first-hand how important this is to our community.

I remember when Variety KC partnered with Parks and Rec for the first Inclusive  playground – and to date, we’ve completed nine throughout the metro area. The dedication to inclusion demonstrated by KC Parks and Recreation puts our city on the map – showing other cities what it takes to truly be a welcoming home for all kids, all families.

Nine inclusive play areas – with an estimated 100,000 users each year. That’s nearly a million visitors – and up to a fourth of them have a family member with a disability.

Simply playing at these facilities won’t change the reality of a Variety Kid’s life – the life of a child with disabilities……but it can be the vehicle for all children to explore and appreciate their differences and similarities…and that will create, even for just a moment, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant.

 

Thank you for this important resolution – it commemorates a commitment to healthier kids and families and recognizes the importance of the inclusion revolution in building a stronger community.