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KC Chiefs cheerleaders and former players help build Joplin playground

Updated August 23 at 4:50 PM CST:  Students displaced by the Joplin tornado get a playground built by hundreds of volunteers.

It's a massive team effort involving the Kansas City Chiefs, Kaboom and local volunteers, and it took just six hours.

Students from Beacon School joined volunteers for a ribbon cutting this afternoon to celebrate the construction of the playground.

A crew of nearly 200 jumped in after a kickoff ceremony.  They worked in teams following verbal and written instructions.

They created a handicapped accessible entrance, built the playground structure and slides, along with picnic tables, plant boxes and even painted a giant map of the United States.

While Beacon students will use it to refresh during school, organizers say it's for all kids.

"Kaboom's vision is a safe place to play within walking distance of every child in America, kids don't have the opportunity to play like we use to," says Kaboom Project Manager Evan Mynatt.

"We put it here because we know there's apartments nearby and the walking track, so we thought that would be a great use for the community - if parents walk the track they can let kids play on the playground," says Jason Cravens of the Joplin Schools Directional Instructional Services.

The Kansas City Chiefs support the NFL Play 60 program encouraging kids to get active at least an hour a day.

Posted August 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM CST:  Hundreds of volunteers are helping to put in a Joplin playground in six hours or less.

Kaboom, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Joplin School District are uniting to put up a playground at Beacon School today, and they couldn't do it without lots of extra hands.

In the first three and half hours a big part of the playground had already taken shape.

Those helping out tell us it's not hard, it's also been fun.

The KC Chiefs Cheerleaders got everyone warmed up this morning at 8:30 during a kick off ceremony.  KC Wolf is helping with that and with the build.

Kaboom's organized builds include breaking into teams so everyone has a job.  Within 30 minutes of the break from the huddles, concrete was already getting mixed and poured, while other teams assemble slides, a pergola, picnic tables and other play areas.

Chiefs former players are part of the crew and even the cheerleaders changed to lend some hands moving mulch and stirring concrete.

Some broke for lunch but by 2:30 they expect all work to be finished and a celebration will be held.

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