Playworks Wisconsin is fortunate to have great, playful interns like Riley Turgeon. Riley is a student at Marquette University studying exercise physiology. This semester, Riley is interning at two Playworks schools, Elm Creative Arts School and Albert Story School, where he loves playing his favorite recess game, kickball. Read on to learn more about Riley.
Why did you decide to intern with Playworks?
When I found out about Playworks and their unique mission to provide every child with a healthy community and the opportunity for healthy play, I knew that it would be a good opportunity for me to get involved with a nonprofit while also having fun and doing what I enjoy best, playing!
What do you hope to achieve during your intern experience?
During my time at Playworks, I am hoping to improve on skills like group management and conflict resolution, specifically with kids in elementary and middle school. I also plan on creating and implementing a recess four-square tournament at Elm in the spring while establishing a more positive and inclusive environment on the playground.
What has been your most memorable moment with Playworks thus far?
I had a fantastic time volunteering at the Volleyball Extravaganza. Not only was it was great to see both the kids and their families having fun, but it was also a good opportunity for me to meet other Playworks coaches and employees that I don’t usually get the work with.
What are your plans after college?
After college, I plan on continuing my education and either getting a doctorate in physical therapy or a masters degree in sports nutrition.