A Junior Coach Leadership Conference of Olympic Proportions

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Nearly 250 students gathered for a fun-filled day at The Branch for this year’s Junior Coach Leadership Conference. The theme was Olympics.

Throughout the year, Playworks Junior Coaches attend trainings three days a week after school on topics, such as conflict resolution, leading recess games, and public speaking. They receive homework help and participate in social/cognitive skills building activities. Junior Coaches play a leadership role in creating a safe and inclusive recess and learning environment in their schools. They practice their leadership skills first hand on the playground with their peers in K-3rd grade. Through participating in the Junior Coach program, students develop the academic, social, and leadership skills needed to stay on a pathway of life-long success.  

Playworks honored students from Heflin, Cummings, Horn, Martin, Alexander, Bush, Holmquist, Petrosky, Youens, Kennedy, Boone, Best, Chambers, Hearne, Sneed, Shadow Oaks, Herrera, and Amigos Por Vida for their hard work on the playground. The day-long event was filled with food, fun and of course, games. A huge shout out to Guckenheimer for providing boxed lunches for all our students. With the fuel from lunch, kids enjoyed playing several games that built on their leadership training. Students played games like Toxic Waste Dump, Scatterball, Capture the Flag, Medic Dodgeball, and Bird’s Nest.

While there were no formal medals to be handed out, every Junior Coach felt like a winner. All the students who attended received a whistle–a symbolic reminder of their Playworks coaches who wear whistles around their necks throughout the school year and of all the lessons they have learned through the Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program–leadership, cooperation, respect, and healthy community.  

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Chapelwood United Methodist Church for donating the space for this year’s Junior Coach Leadership Conference, to Guckenheimer for providing the lunches, and to all volunteers for making sure the children had a safe, fun time.

See you all again next year for this event!