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Darell Hammond
CEO & Co-Founder

Darell Hammond is CEO & Co-Founder of KaBOOM! He grew up with seven brothers and sisters at Mooseheart, a group home outside of Chicago. The Mooseheart community instilled in him the power of volunteerism and the importance of helping those less fortunate.

His journey would eventually lead him to co-found KaBOOM! in 1995 and begin his lifelong commitment to give all children the opportunity to play. Under Mr. Hammond’s leadership as CEO, KaBOOM! has raised over 100 million dollars to build over 1,400 playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks and improved thousands of others across America in just 12 years.

He has won numerous national service and leadership awards and has been profiled in People, Washingtonian, Fortune, Fast Company and Worth magazines, as well as the Non-Profit Times, the Chronicle on Philanthropy, and Crain’s Chicago Business. He has also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Jefferson Award for the Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.

In addition to his work with KaBOOM!, Mr. Hammond serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Sector and Hands on Network and in 2003 was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for being a leader in social entrepreneurship.

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Gigi Georges Glover Park Group
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