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American Airlines partners with Carter’s Kids to Build New Playground for Stratford Richardson YMCA

Children at Stratford Richardson YMCA excited to break in new playground built by 80 American Airlines employees and TV Host Carter Oosterhouse.

By Heather Briganti

October 06, 2022

American Airlines partners with Carter’s Kids to Build New Playground for Stratford Richardson YMCA


Charlotte, N.C. – (October 6, 2022) – American Airlines partnered with Carter’s Kids, a national nonprofit founded by television host Carter Oosterhouse, to build a new playground at Stratford Richardson YMCA on West Boulevard, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte announced today.


“We are thrilled to work with American Airlines and Carter’s Kids to amplify the investments we are pouring into the West Boulevard Corridor through our Stratford Richardson YMCA,” said Stan Law, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “As one of Charlotte’s identified corridors of opportunity, the community can benefit from projects like this, which are geared to help children thrive.”


The Stratford Richardson YMCA, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, was chosen because of its location in an under-resourced area, its ability to have a direct positive impact on children in the community, and its proximity to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, where American Airlines has its second-largest hub. The branch serves more than 1,600 households in the West Boulevard Corridor, and hundreds of children each week through its youth development programming.


“At American, we care for people on life’s journey and that extends beyond the airline into our communities,” said American Airlines vice president of CLT hub operations Ralph Lopez Massas. “On behalf of the 15,000 American Airlines team members who live and work in the Carolinas, I am proud of investments like this playground that will benefit children and their families in our community for generations to come.”


The new playground, geared for children ages 5-12, will feature two climbing walls, three ladder features, and double wave slides. The equipment was delivered last week and about 70 members of American Airlines’ team in Charlotte and volunteers from across their global network worked to build the playground between Monday and Wednesday. This playground marks the 8th playground nationwide that American Airlines has built in partnership with Carter’s Kids.


“We are so excited to partner with American Airlines, to bring a brand new playground to the YMCA of Greater Charlotte,” said Oosterhouse. “I founded Carter’s Kids to build new playgrounds that will have a huge impact on each child’s physical, social and cognitive development. This new playground at the Stratford Richardson YMCA is part of a fantastic partnership that we have developed with American Airlines, where they both fund the playground build and provide employees to volunteer to help build the playground.”


About American Airlines Group

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About Carter’s Kids

Carter’s Kids is a national non-profit organization founded by TV Host Carter Oosterhouse. Carter’s Kids has built 88 brand new playgrounds nationwide and has appeared on national TV shows such as “Good Morning America,” “The Doctors,” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”


About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves our community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for nearly 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is a proud recipient of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.  www.ymcacharlotte.org


For More Information Contact:

Heather Briganti, Vice President, Communications & PR, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, 704-995-3223, heather.briganti@ymcacharlotte.org