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Magical Bridge Redwood City Reaches Major Sponsorship Milestone
SAP and Sharks Foundation Sponsor Playground Innovation Zone and Commit $250,000 in Funding

REDWOOD CITY, CA May 25, 2017 – The City of Redwood City and Magical Bridge Foundation reached a major milestone in the creation of a Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City this week. The Sharks Foundation and SAP agreed to sponsor the Innovation Zone of the Magical Bridge Playground, a world-renowned concept developed first in Palo Alto and soon to debut in Redwood City.

“We are excited that the Magical Bridge Foundation chose Redwood City as their next park location and look forward to a groundbreaking later this year,” said John Seybert, City of Redwood City mayor. “On behalf of the City Council, I want to thank the Sharks Foundation and SAP for their investment in our community and the lasting legacy the sponsorship of the Innovation Zone will offer youth and adults of all ages as they enjoy the Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City.”

The City Council approved a partnership with the Magical Bridge Foundation to build an innovative and inclusive playground to open at Red Morton Park in early 2018. A groundbreaking is being planned for later this year.

“The Sharks Foundation is thrilled to partner with SAP to sponsor the Innovation Zone within the Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City,” said Heather Hooper, Sharks Foundation manager. “We look forward to partnering with the Magical Bridge Foundation and the City of Redwood City and can’t see a better way of being able to give back to the local community than through this unique gift of play and fun that the Innovation Zone at Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City will offer.”

Designed to be socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Redwood City aims to go beyond typical playground designs, which often inadvertently overlook the growing autistic population, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and the aging population.

“SAP’s support of the Magical Bridge Foundation was a natural and perfect fit. SAP is committed to celebrating diversity on our campuses and beyond with programs like Autism at Work, an initiative close to my heart, and many others,” said Ferose VR, SAP senior vice president and head of globalization services. “We are looking forward to watching children thrive at the Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City and couldn’t be more proud to sponsor the Innovation Zone with the Sharks Foundation.”

The City plans to contribute $1.5 million of Capital Improvement Program funding it had already allocated towards the renovation of the existing playground project, while the Foundation is wrapping up the $1.8 million in fundraising needed to secure the park.

“The Redwood City community has completely embraced the Magical Bridge Playground and the funding commitment by SAP and the Sharks Foundation is a major milestone needed to make the park a reality,” said Jill Asher, Magical Bridge Foundation co-founder. “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support so far for the new playground and look forward to celebrating the opening in 2018 with the local community and broader region.”

For more details on ways you can support this innovative playground becoming a reality, visit a recent blog post here. To learn more about the project visit www.redwoodcity.org/magicalbridge or if you are interested in personal or corporate giving, visit http://www.magicalbridge.org/redwoodcity or contact jill@magicalbridge.org.

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About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City will mark its Sesquicentennial Year with celebrations beginning in May 2017. Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org, or follow Redwood City on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

About Magical Bridge Foundation
Magical Bridge Foundation furthers the promise of Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge Playground by advocating for and creating inclusive and innovative playgrounds in other communities. Led by Magical Bridge Playground founder and visionary, Olenka Villarreal, and co-founders Jill Asher and Kris Loew, the formation of Magical Bridge Foundation is responding to the global need for innovative and inclusive parks. We are ready to pour our seven years of research, fundraising, development, design, and construction strategies into building Magical Bridge Playgrounds across the nation.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device-SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 350,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

About the Sharks Foundation
Established in 1994, the Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development. Since its inception, the Sharks Foundation has donated more than $11.5 million to non-profit organizations, including more than $1.4 million and counting during the 2016-17 season. To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved youth and families in need in the community, visit the Sharks Foundation’s website or 2015-16 Community Report, or connect via FacebookInstagram or Twitter.