Playworks

To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. We improve school climates, rescue recess and help regain lost teaching time.
Feb 18, 2016

Playworks Turns Twenty

Throughout the year, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Playworks and with it, 20 years of bringing healthy, safe, and inclusive play to hundreds of thousands of children across the country.

Spanning 20 playful years, Playworks has grown to become the nonprofit leader using the power of play to transform children’s social, emotional, and physical health. In 1996,Playworks Founder and CEO Jill Vialet launched Sports4Kids, now called Playworks, in two Berkeley, CA elementary schools after she met with a school principal who asked for help in reducing the chaos and conflict in the schoolyard during recess.

With a multi-million dollar investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that spanned a decade, as well as a partnership with AmeriCorps, support from our national corporate partners, and donations from thousands of individuals, Playworks has since grown to serve 750,000 children annually in 1,300 elementary schools in nearly every state.

Additionally, many of our Playworks regions are celebrating anniversaries of their own. Playworks Massachusetts is celebrating ten years in the Boston metropolitan area. Playworks Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Utah are celebrating five years in their communities.

There is one thing we know for certain after 20 years on school playgrounds in communities all across the country: play works for every kid. And we don’t plan to stop any time soon. Now more than ever, every kid deserves the chance to play.

Stay tuned—throughout 2016, we’ll be inviting you to help amplify play for every kid across America.

Thank you for 20 years of supporting the life-changing power of play!

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Dec 8, 2015

The Warriors are helping our kids Get Fit!

Playworks Junior Coach at the Warriors Game
Playworks Junior Coach at the Warriors Game

We are excited to share our expanding partnership with the Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente to stress the importance of healthy eating and active living through the Get Fit program. 

The Warriors Community Foundation and Golden State Warriors have created life-changing experiences for many of our students, from providing tickets to leading Get Fit camps. 

                                               Learn more!

Playworks Jr. Coaches participated in basketball clinics and even met the Mayor at the Warriors Season Tip-Off Celebration! 

Also, we are proud to be a part of the Hoops for Kids program meaning every 3-pointer equals a donation to Playworks Northern California. Say it with me... Let's Go Warriors!  What an amazing way to end the year! 

Happy Holidays!

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Nov 19, 2015

A Leader on the Playground

Junior Coach Essence, Timber Joey, and Coach Molly
Junior Coach Essence, Timber Joey, and Coach Molly
Before I came to Vestal School I didn’t know that much about games or how to play any sports. I also did not know what being a leader was. I kind of just did what my friends did.  When I met Coach Molly, she talked to us about the Junior Coach Leadership Program. I am a Junior Coach and I have a lot of responsibility, but I really love it. I’m thinking about playing volleyball too. When I started school last year it was like a new life. I met new friends and I learned more about sports and games almost every day. Playworks has taught me a lot about hard work. Now, when I go outside I know how to play different games. I see kids getting other kids to play new games and everyone is happy and playing. And that makes me happy. One thing that I learned since becoming a Junior Coach is the meaning of responsibility and  how to be a leader. 
 
Playworks is important to Vestal because it helps kids understand the meaning of fairness and the rules at school. Before Playworks at Vestal, recess was not much fun. Kids didn’t play very many games, they were mean to each other, and sometimes they even had fights. Now, recess is more fun and people play games instead of fighting or sitting around. Junior Coaches help recess by inviting kids to play, starting cheers, and giving lots of high fives to everyone. 
 
Since becoming a Junior Coach, I have changed by knowing how to deal with more responsibility. Helping with the younger kids, like kindergarten, is really tough sometimes, but I know that if I can get them to play with me we will all have a good time at recess. Now I am more sports oriented and my class work has improved. I am a leader in class and help my friends with their homework. I am someone that people can rely on. One time, I helped a little girl who was being bullied and crying. I talked to her and handled it by inviting her to play. The other kids never did it again. 
 
   

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