Playworks North Carolina

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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February 24, 2017

AmeriCorps Appreciation Week ›

As we head into AmeriCorps Appreciation Week where we recognize, celebrate, and thank our members for their hard work and accomplishments throughout the year, it is humbling to remember to take a step back and review some of our favorite memories from the past. Our members are thrown into an exciting, yet daunting, gauntlet at…

June 7, 2016

High 5 for 5 ›

June marks the end of our fifth year of service in North Carolina. This year Playworks provided healthy, meaningful play to more than 18,000 kids, every day! In Playworks schools, recess is as an opportunity to reduce bullying, provide more time for classroom teaching, and increase physical activity. Through the years, Playworks North Carolina has developed a reputation for quality, results…

February 9, 2016

Playworks Honored as Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to be a recipient of the 2015 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2015 Nonprofit,” says Jill Vialet, Playworks’ CEO and Founder, “The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Playworks…

March 5, 2015

The Power of Playworks ›

  When the returning AmeriCorps members told how much growth we would see in the kids that we will be working with this year, I believed them. I could see the pride and joy these coaches had as they shared stories of complete transformations from out-of-control children to valuable members of their playground community. What…

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Recent Events


April 28 @ 12:45 pm

4th Annual Kickball 4 Kids ›

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Playworks…

August 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Gerald Henderson Charity Golf Invitational ›

On Monday, August 8, 2016, former Charlotte Hornets’ and current Portland Trail Blazers’ guard Gerald Henderson will host the 3rd Annual Gerald Henderson Charity Golf Invitational benefiting Playworks North Carolina and presented…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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