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More than 200 volunteers build unique and special playground

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More than 200 volunteers worked Thursday to build a playground. However, they said it was more than a just playground to them. They were working to build an environment of learning and a safehaven for children in the Mid-South.

With all hands on deck, volunteers from across the country joined forces to build what they describe as a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder in the Hickory Hill area. In fact, they did it in just six hours.

"It's going to give the kids a place to come play on the playground, have a good time, meet up with each other, build some more relationships, more friendships," Jeff Pendregrass said. "It's going to do a lot for the kids here in the community."

Through the $5 million partnership, The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! are building playgrounds throughout the United States.

This one, however, will be one-of-a-kind because students at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis helped design it through a drawing contest.

"We were fortunate to be selected for a playground here in the Hickory Hill area," Vinson Smith, Vice President of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club, said. "It's important to our kids because kids need to have the opportunity to play."

Working at max speed, the volunteers teamed up in groups to get the playground finished in just one day.

Organizers believe it will be a place of opportunity for years to come. 

"Our number one priority is safety," Smith said. "Second is fun and then, behind that, supportive relationships."

"It's an honor to do it, to give back to the community," Pendregrass said. "CarMax is a great company and we would love to give back to our community, especially here in the hometown of Memphis, Tennessee."

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