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Connor Barwin and Keller Williams Teamed Up For Red Day

[youtube id=”ZFKrDzwzt0o” width=”600″ height=”350″ autoplay=”no” api_params=”” class=””][/youtube][fusion_text]Last Thursday May 14th, Keller Williams participated in their annual Red Day. Introduced in 2009, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates spend the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities.

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Eagles linebacker Bryan Braman (third from right) was also there to lend a helping hand

This year the Keller Williams’ Center City team enlisted some star power for their annual day of community involvement.  After catching wind of Eagles’ star linebacker Connor Barwin’s mission to revitalize two South Philadelphia playgrounds through his Make The Work A Better Place Project (MTWB), the partnership was a no-brainer.  The Center City team quickly organized two teams to tackle both the Ralph Brooks & Smith Playground located in the Point Breeze section of the city.

Connor who has currently been working with Urban Roots has already raised funds through fund raisers and charity events including benefit concerts.  He has been steadfast in his mission to not only revitalize these two parks but also engage the community and encourage more interaction amongst those living within the Point Breeze area.

Two teams of Keller Williams staff helped bring Connor’s dream closer to a reality as they cleaned, painted and got their hands dirty in some yard work.  Not only were both recreation areas given a fresh facelift through Keller Williams’ effort, the KW Team was able to forge relationships among community residents, leaders and most importantly make a lasting impact among the youth.

It’s safe to say that the activity between the two parks did not go unnoticed.  Both Comcast SportsNet an NFL Films were on hand to document the collective efforts of KW’s Red Day, MTWB and Urban Roots.  As a cherry on top, a check in the amount of $111,000 was presented to The Smith Playground by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson for much needed improvements.  In case you were wondering just what $111K can do for a playground,  for starters park officials will look to resurface the each basketball court but the real gem will be the future AstroTurf football/baseball field which will provide a safer environment for the organized sports team that utilize it.

In the end both parks were given much needed TLC and the impact was very noticeable as abandoned lots were cleared, lawns were mowed and the beginnings of a community garden visibly present at the Ralph Brooks park.  Below are a few images from last Thursday’s Red Day.

 

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An urban garden to grow fresh produce was just one of the many improvements made on Red Day

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A team of Keller Williams employees repainted the basketball courts at Smith Park.

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Kenyatta Johnson presents a $111,000 check to the Smith Playground

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Antonio Atacan along with his wife Georgine and their two children pose with Connor Barwin

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