American Tire Distributors Inc. is donating $170,000 to local nonprofits, including a $100,000 donation to Boundless Playgrounds and $35,000 each to the Hope House Foundation and The Ada Jenkins Center.
“We’ve been a member of the Charlotte community for 75 years, and we believe it’s absolutely essential to support groups that help address the important needs of our community,” William E. Berry, president and CEO of the company, said in a news release.
ATD, a Huntersville-based company, announced the gifts to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the company during the annual ATD Charity Classic golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 4. The tournament raised more than $1 million for local nonprofit organizations.
ATD’s donation to Boundless Playground will go to support the creation of two Tread Town playgrounds, which will mirror the design of the inaugural Tread Town playground that opened earlier this year in Huntersville at Richard Barry Memorial Park.
Each Boundless Playground Tread Town’s foundation is constructed from recycled rubber, creating a universally accessible surface that allows children and caregivers with disabilities to navigate the playground freely and safely. The playground promotes inclusive, unstructured play with ramped wheelchair access to the highest platforms.
“More than 7 million children nationwide have a disability that prohibits them from enjoying the full experience of a traditional community playground,” said Fred Leone, CEO of Boundless Playgrounds. “Our playgrounds are designed to put all children in the middle of the fun, where they can play together and learn to appreciate each others’ abilities.”
ATD’s donation to the Hope House Foundation will help the organization provide support to homeless women and their children in the Lake Norman area by offering transitional housing, skills training and support services. The money will have a similar effect on The Ada Jenkins Center of Davidson.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of our communities through the integrated delivery of health, education and human services. American Tire Distributors’ donation provides those in need with the opportunity to gain greater self-sufficiency,” said Georgia Krueger, executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center.