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Chattanooga, Tenn. – (May 11, 2016) - Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga will hold its first Help Our Children Play Business Pentathlon to benefit the East Lake Elementary School Playground Project, for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at the overcrowded Title I school. The event will be held at McCallie School, at 500 Dodds Ave., and will begin at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m.

East Lake Elementary is operating at 133 percent of its designed capacity, and its current playground does not serve the needs of the growing student body. “Our club was looking for a playground project, and when we heard about the situation at East Lake Elementary, we immediately contacted the school and offered to help,” said Bobby Dann, Kiwanis Club member. “We wanted to create an event that gets the business community involved but also encourages team outdoor play for kids.” 

At the Business Pentathlon, area businesses will sponsor teams to compete in five different fun events, including a Team Plank Relay and a Caterpillar Relay. Teams will be comprised of three employees, three to four children of employees (ages 6-12), and three to four East Lake students. Sponsorships are $500 per team, with no limit on how many teams a business may sponsor. The winner of the pentathlon will have a plaque with their name on it installed with the new playground equipment.

The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga is partnering with PlayCore, a well-known local manufacturer of playground equipment. The goal for the event is to raise $15,000 for the purchase of new equipment to supplement the existing playground equipment, all while encouraging play among children and community members.

Teams are invited to register for the event, and donations in any amount would be truly appreciated. To register a team or make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact the Kiwanis Club at or 423.267.6568.

Club members, PlayCore employees and East Lake Elementary families and staff will install the playground equipment later this summer.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga and the work they do, go to their website at, email them at, or visit them on Facebook.