GT IndependenceFair Play for All: Celebrate Play!

Celebrate Play!

Join the 2022 Fair Play for All campaign to make playgrounds inclusive for all kids and their families.

It’s Time to Invite Everyone to the Playground

Over 6.7 million kids in the United States have some form of a disability. That’s almost 7 million kids who see traditional playgrounds as insurmountable barriers. And it’s not just the kids. Family members who are aging or have disabilities also have a hard time joining their kids on the playground. And with few inclusive playgrounds around the country, this leaves countless kids and their families on the sidelines when it’s time for fun.

Let’s help all kids and their families celebrate play with a Fair Play for All contest.

Throughout July, we’ll celebrate play by exploring an inclusive playground in 3 videos, which we’ll post on our Facebook page. You can vote on your favorite piece of inclusive playground equipment at any time during the month. Everyone who votes gets entered to win a free trip!

At the end of July, we’ll pick a random winner, who wins a trip to Morgan’s Wonderland along with three guests of their choice. (One of the most inclusive theme parks in America.) The winner and their three guests will join Holly and Maggie Carmichael to celebrate Maggie’s 9th birthday at the park.

Win a Trip to Morgan’s Wonderland

  • Let’s Celebrate Play!

    Join Holly and Maggie on a trip as they celebrate Maggie’s 9th birthday at Morgan’s Wonderland! Follow our Facebook for annoucements and updates.

  • What is Morgan’s Wonderland?

    Morgan’s Wonderland is the One and Only Ultra-Accessible™ theme park. There’s something fun for everyone. It’s located in San Antonio, Texas.

  • How to Win Your Trip

    Select the link below to vote on your favorite part of an inclusive playground. Then, reserve the week of September 19, 2022, on your calendar. We’ll announce the winners on the Disability Garrison Podcast on July 26.

Here’s How to Win Your Trip

  1. Throughout July, watch the videos introducing inclusive playground equipment.

  2. When prompted, vote on your favorite piece of inclusive playground equipment. Enter your email address so we can contact you if you win the random drawing.

  3. Reserve the week of September 19, 2022, on your calendar. If you win, this is the week of your trip!

  4. Tune in to the Disability Garrison podcast episode on July 26 to hear the winners announced. The podcast is a safe place to discuss issues that people with disabilities face.

It all began with Holly Carmichael, CEO of GT Independence, and her daughter Maggie.

A few years ago, there was not a single ADA-compliant playground in St. Joseph County, Michigan. Maggie has a rare disease called PMM2-CDG. And to play, she had to get out of her wheelchair and onto wood chips during recess. She would then come home with splinters. She also couldn’t access any of the swings or slides.

Holly stepped up and spoke with the local school board about building a playground. One that all children could enjoy. After three years of studying, reading, summarizing research, and citing resources to the school district, Holly became an accessible, inclusive playground designer. She designed the first ADA-compliant playground in St. Joseph County. A place for Maggie and everyone in the community to enjoy.

Why inclusive playgrounds?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. It’s an incredible act that protects the civil rights of all people with disabilities.

July 26, 2022, marks the 32nd anniversary of this landmark legislation. It’s done so much for people with disabilities across the U.S. But while there is a lot to celebrate, there’s also an opportunity for doing even more. This includes further education on the importance of inclusion. Particularly for kids and their families.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, nearly one in five people have a disability. And 13% of children enrolled in public school (about 6.7 million) receive special education services.

Despite this, most playgrounds aren’t designed so kids or their family members with disabilities can safely have fun. It’s time to change that.

  • Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions
    1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who reply to the specified posts on Facebook that meet the guidelines stated in the Official Rules and who are at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of GT Independence, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
    2. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
    3. Being selected as a winner does not constitute an endorsement from GT Independence.
    4. Campaign Period: The raffle entry form will go live June 28, 2022. A link to the raffle entry form will be shared on GT’s Facebook July 5, 2022 and July 12, 2022 . A link to the raffle entry will be sent via email June 28, 2022. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, July 18, 2022.
    5. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of GT Independence as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
    6. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by providing an email address and answering a poll question through a raffle entry form. The link to the raffle entry form will be included in at least one social media post on GT’s Facebook page between June 28, 2022, and July 19, 2022, and also sent via email at least once between June 28, 2022, and July 19, 2022, to individuals who have provided their contact information to GT prior to the campaign. Additional raffle entries for following GT’s social platforms, and multiple social media posts or emails linking to the raffle entry form, are at the sole discretion of GT. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate, or the age of majority in their state, as required by law.
    7. Limitations on Entries: You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your entry may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of GT Independence.
    8. Grand Prize and Prize Conditions: There will be one (1) Grand Prize awarded on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The Grand Prize Winner, upon confirmation of eligibility, will receive a vacation package for a family of four to Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas, from Sept. 22 to 25, 2022. Prize includes one room (double occupancy) from Sept. 22 to 25, 2022, at San Antonio’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites, which is 2 miles from Morgan’s Wonderland. Four (4), one-day passes will be provided for both Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island for Sept. 23, 2022, and a $2,000 stipend to be used for air or ground transportation from the winner’s home to San Antonio, Texas. The Winner will be required to provide a valid credit card to hotel to cover incidentals which are not included in Grand Prize package. The Winner and travel guests must travel on same itinerary. The Winner and travel guests must sign and return a travel release before receiving the Grand Prize. The Winner and guests must have all necessary identification and/or travel documents (i.e., valid U.S. driver’s license) required for travel. The Winner understands there are inherent risks involved in travel and these risks may be present before, during, and after the trip. The Winner agrees to accept the Grand Prize “as is” and entrants hereby acknowledge that GT Independence is not in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee relative to the Grand Prize, including warranties provided exclusively by a prize supplier. The Winner agrees to participate in filming during their visit to Morgan’s Wonderland/Morgan’s Inspiration Island and a post-visit interview conducted Sept. 24, 2022. All expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the package description above, including personal charges at lodging, telecommunication charges, security fees, other expenses or incidentals are not included and are the responsibility solely of the Winner. Restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply.  The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of this prize trip is $2,583.57. The Grand Prize is not redeemable for cash. No substitution, assignment or transfer of the prize is permitted, except by GT Independence, who reserves the right to substitute the Prize or Prize component with another of equal or greater value. Winner is responsible for any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use. The Winner must provide GT Independence with a valid Social Security number or taxpayer identification number before prize will be awarded. A form 1099 will be issued to Grand Prize winner. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for GT Independence to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, including participation in video interviews, unless prohibited by law.
    9. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
    10. Winner Selection and Notification: On or around July 18, 2022, GT Independence will conduct a random drawing using the third-party platform Rafflecopter from all eligible entries received throughout the campaign period to select one (1) potential winner. Winner will be notified by via social media (Facebook) and via email within five (5) days following selection of Winner. GT Independence shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email, or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeit and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT GT INDEPENDENCE’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
    11. Rights Granted by You: By entering. You understand and agree that GT Independence, anyone acting on behalf of GT Independence, and GT Independence’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent.
    12. Terms & Conditions: GT Independence reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond GT Independence’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, GT Independence may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by GT Independence. GT Independence reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. GT Independence has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, GT Independence reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    13. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless GT Independence and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her/their acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
    14. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of GT Independence as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
    15. Disputes: THIS CAMPAIGN IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND MICHIGAN, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Michigan having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
    16. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the GT Independence website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here.
    17. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a self-addressed envelope to: GT Independence, 215 Broadus St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Requests must be received no later than August 31, 2022.
    18. The Campaign hosted by GT Independence is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
    19. By entering an eligible entry into the contest via Facebook, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all the Official Rules.

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