Children, Incorporated and Poker Star Build Gymnasium

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International organization and world poker champion team up to help children of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

Children, Incorporated is pleased to announce the opening of the Barry Greenstein Gymnasium on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Todd County, South Dakota. The new facility is part of the Rosebud Dormitory student residence, which educates and houses more than 140 Lakota Sioux children. The new gym was designed to improve the overall health of the children and to mitigate rising teen suicides.

Children, Incorporated oversaw the construction of the gymnasium, which was funded by world-renowned poker champion and philanthropist Barry Greenstein. Prior to the construction of the gymnasium, Rosebud Dormitory consisted of only sleeping rooms and a dining hall. The limited facilities often forced the children to remain inside to avoid the harsh weather that descends upon the plains region in the summers and winters. The new gym will provide the children with opportunities for physical fitness, community activities and discourage boredom and sedentary habits.

Isolation, poor living conditions and limited job prospects have created a difficult living environment that has lead to an alarming increase in teen suicide. The living conditions for most on the reservation range from substandard to miserable. A lack of warm clothing is a problem for many of the children as they fight through the bitter winters that torment South Dakota.

Children, Incorporated has worked with the Rosebud Dormitory since 2003. Currently, there are 38 children at the dorm sponsored by generous donors. Since the relationship began, Children, Incorporated has provided 40 children with sponsorships each year at Rosebud.

"This gymnasium which proudly displays a sign over the entrance that reads Barry Greenstein Building, brings new hope to this community. The children and their families are so grateful," said Children, Incorporated CEO Marian Cummins. "This is now a haven for the children, a refuge and an inspiration to this community plagued with teenage suicides. They now have a building they can call their own."

The gymnasium has made an instant impact on the reservation. "Rosebud Dormitory had an open house October 16, 2008 at our new gym which was funded mainly through Children, Incorporated, with donations from Barry Greenstein," states the school's business manager Patti Busch. "This has been a much anticipated moment for the staff and students at the dormitory. For years we have had to beg to use various gymnasiums so our students could play basketball, volleyball, etc. and now, thanks to the generous donations we have received, our students are able to use their own gym every day."

For additional information about the Barry Greenstein Gymnasium on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, contact Children, Incorporated Director of Marketing and Donor Development Liz Sauer at 800.538.5381 or visit us at http://www.ChildrenIncorporated.org.

About Children, Incorporated

Children, Incorporated is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Richmond, Virginia that works to improve the lives of children living in poverty through partnerships with orphanages, schools and community centers in the United States and 23 other nations. With donations and sponsorships, Children, Incorporated provides food, clothing, medical care and education to over 17,000 children worldwide. To learn more and find out how you can help, visit http://www.ChildrenIncorporated.org.

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