SEATTLE, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has partnered with KaBOOM! to build a playground at the University Heights Center in Seattle. It was the airline's second playground build in the Seattle area. Last October, Delta constructed its first local playground at Brannan Park in Auburn, Wash. University Heights marks the third KaBOOM! build for Delta, and two more playground builds are scheduled for Minneapolis/St. Paul in July and Atlanta in October.
"It is at the heart of Delta's culture to give back and be good stewards in the communities in which we live and work," said Mike Medeiros, Delta's vice president – Seattle. "So, as we've grown at Sea-Tac, we've also grown in the community and partnered with some fantastic organizations, such as KaBOOM! and the University Heights Center, to help make Seattle an even better place where thousands of children have access to facilities that will allow them to be active as they grow into healthy adults."
At the event, Medeiros surprised attendees when he presented a check to the University Heights Center for $10,000, helping the organization surpass its fundraising goal. The donation will benefit the Academy for Precision Learning and University District Children's Center.
More than 200 volunteers, including more than 100 Delta people and many more from the local community, mixed concrete, shoveled mulch, and assembled a new playground structure in just six hours as part of the one-day build. The new playground – which was exclusively designed from drawings by children in the community – replaces the previous structure, which was older, harder to access and designed only for older children.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray also attended the event and thanked Delta for its partnership with the city.
Through its Force for Global Good, Delta works to promote an improved quality of life for everyone in the communities it serves. Delta's nearly 3,000 Seattle-area employees are part of the fabric of the community, building playgrounds for children in partnership with KaBOOM!, building homes for those in need through Habitat for Humanity, and walking in support of Seattle Pride and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, among many other projects.
At the airport, Delta operates 78 peak-day departures to 25 destinations from its newest hub in Seattle and has invested $15 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its Delta Sky Club and recently completed lobby renovations, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations, expanded ticket counters and enhancements to the international arrivals area.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine's 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 333 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children's lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines