My name is Ryan Willging. I am studying Exercise Physiology at Marquette University, where I first learned about Playworks. I’ve always enjoyed working with kids, so when I saw the opportunity to intern at Playworks which specializes in developing, interacting, and playing with children on a daily basis, I was immediately interested. The fact that I would get to play lots of kickball didn’t hurt either!
Through my internship, I want to get better at engaging elementary students in case I end up working with youth in the future. Learning motivational techniques and communication strategies are two of my main goals for my professional development. So far, my most memorable moments with Playworks have included any game of flag tag and walking down the hallway of Allen-Field Elementary School and high fiving all the kids as they say “What up Coach Ryan!”