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This book tells one social entrepreneur’s inspiring journey of going from growing up in a group home to founding the national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Darell Hammond instructs readers on how to take action in their own communities with tangible steps to make a difference.

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  • “It takes equal parts audacity, creativity and vision to build an organization as successful as KaBOOM!— and Darell Hammond has that special blend.”
    Maria Shriver, Award Winning Journalist, Best-Selling Author and Activist
  • “Darell Hammond’s visionary work is helping bring national attention to the critical ‘play deficit’ so many children face… Read this compelling, engaging book and be inspired.”
    Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund
  • “Darell Hammond’s journey is as inspirational as it is illuminating. His passion for play and his organizational success makes for a book that is invaluable to anyone devoted to youth development or community development.”
    Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • “…Darell’s reflections provide powerful insights into what it takes to become a trailblazer not just in the nonprofit sector, but in any sector.”
    Jean Case, CEO Case Foundation
  • “KaBOOM! is a passionate story of the transformative power of play in deepening the quality of children’s lives and in strengthening the bonds of families and communities…”
    Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  • “In KaBOOM!: How One Man Built A Movement to Save Play, Darell demonstrates the extraordinary change that is possible with innovation and teamwork.”
    David Stern, NBA Commissioner
  • “Darell Hammond is one of America’s best social entrepreneurs. If you ever want to get to the heart of a great entrepreneur, you should read this book.”
    Bill Drayton, Founder, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Ashoka’s Youth Venture
  • “…Hammond inspires us all to take action in our own communities. He reminds us that there is no task more important that fighting for those most voiceless and vulnerable in our country — our children.”
    Bill Shore, Founder & Executive Director, Share Our Strength
  • “Darell Hammond is a quintessential social entrepreneur whose inspiring and pragmatic story shows how we can make our society a happier and healthier place for all children.”
    David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World
  • KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play is extremely timely and full of hope and optimism. Darell's ability to see possibility in normal human enterprise is as deep as it is global in its implications for how to build a better world.”
    Bill Strickland, President and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation
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