Real Players Don't Bully

It’s cool to be kind.

Playworks is aiming to reduce bullying and increase inclusion by creating a generation of kinder, empathetic kids with caring, consistent role models.

Google is joining the fourth annual Playworks’ campaign, Real Players Don’t Bully, with its Be Internet Awesome program to call attention to the need to empower the next generation to be kind on and offline.  #ItsCoolToBeKind

This issue is important to kids and teachers alike. Teachers report that cyberbullying is their #1 safety concern in their classrooms according to a recent Google survey.

Join Playworks and Google’s Be Internet Awesome as they stand up for inclusion using #RealPlayersDontBully and #BeInternetAwesome.  In Washington, D.C., join Playworks Mid-Atlantic for their Let’s End Bullying event featuring a solution-oriented panel to collectively stand against bullying. Learn more and register.

Why Playworks?

Promoting inclusion, role modeling positive behavior, and giving kids the chance to develop and practice leadership skills, can help create environments where every kid feels accepted and safe on the playground. The power of play creates environments where kids feel included, have peer leaders, and caring adults which has been shown to impact the number of incidents of bullying in Playworks schools compared to non-Playworks schools.

You can help create an inclusive community.  Donate today.

Real Players Supporting Playworks

Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos including Troy Fumagalli and Linebacker Joe Jones, and Former Arizona Cardinal, Andre Wadsworth are showing how real players don’t bully on and off the playground!

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Troy Fumagalli of the Denver Broncos

Joe Jones, Lineback for the Denver Broncos

We’ve partnered with Be Internet Awesome to help kids be safe, confident explorers at school and online.  Follow #BeInternetAwesome on Google for Education and remember that #ItsCoolToBeKind.

This campaign takes place during National Bullying Prevention Month to showcase the importance of practicing kindness and inclusion online and in-person to prevent bullying.

Creating sustainable change

70%Did you know that over 70 percent of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools?*
43%Teachers in Playworks schools reported significantly less bullying and exclusionary behavior during recess, a 43% difference in average rating scores compared to non-Playworks schools.**

*Source: *Bradshaw, C.P., Sawyer, A.L., & O’Brennan, L.M. (2007). Bullying and peer victimization at school: Perceptual differences between students and school staff. School Psychology Review, 36(3), 361-382.

**Results from a randomized control trial evaluation by Stanford University and Mathematica Policy Research. Learn more 

Follow #RealPlayersDontBully

This annual campaign has garnered over 195 million social media impressions and offline engagement.

Check out some of the highlights of the campaign below or follow #realplayersdontbully on social media.  

Also check out Google’s Be Internet Awesome on social media.

Who Has Been Involved?

#RealPlayersDontBully 2018

In 2018, we launched the largest #RealPlayersDontBully on social media. Participating celebrities are lending their voices, talents and personal stories for Real Players Don’t Bully campaign, sponsored by Google’s Be Internet Awesome.  The list includes:  Baron Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Andrew East, Andre Drummond, Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, Brandon McManus, Casey Kreiter, Shaun Hamilton, Kenyan Drake, MJ Stewart Jr., Adam Gotsis, Shawn Johnson, Jordan Leslie, Stephen Tulloch, Barry Sanders and the Detroit Lions, Eric Byrnes, Justin Rose, Miles Killebrew, Linval Joseph, TJ Carrie, Keary Colbert, Kat DeLuna, Jennifer Cabalquinto, Harold Perrineau, Logan Browning, Jake Miller, Jake T. Austin, Monique Colman, Max Ehrich, Rebecca Black, Tom Schwartz, Tom Sandoval, Jennifer Hammond, Val Chmerkovskiy, Jan Luis Castellanos, Jody Steel, Chris Rabb, Jared Solomon, Jon Mitchell, Joanne Chang, Utah Women’s Basketball,  Stacy Philpot-Brown, Jack Rovner, LA Chargers, Utah Royals FC, NC Courage, Suffolk Rams, Baltimore Ravens, MSE Foundation, Washington Capitals, Charlotte Checkers Hockey, Indiana Fever, and Indiana Pacers .

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Check out some of last year’s events: 


#RealPlayersDontBully 2017

Check out 2017 #RealPlayersDontBully on social media.  Among our partners are Detroit LionsDetroit PistonsDetroit City FC, Detroit native Carl Davis , Kacie Hollins, Justin Rose, Armond Rashad, 76ers, Breanna Stewart, Duke, Indiana Fever, Pacers and Tamika Catchings, Jared Cook from the Oakland Raiders, Justin Simmons, Joey Timbers and Nat Borchers, Robert Alford, Pokey Chatman and LA Galaxy.

Watch this video from Playworks Indiana Executive Director Jo Yocum-Bender of Playworks Indiana and Fever Director of Community and Player relations Roberta Courtright


#RealPlayersDontBully 2016

In 2016, our real players partners on social media included Lizzie VelasquezForever in Your MindSunny MabryEthan EmbryJulie FoudyRebecca ZamoloJen WiderstormUSC TrojansAndrew McCutchenDetroit Lions, Wiz Khalifa, and Amir and Amari’s O’Neil.

Check out Playworks’ video featuring Amari and Amir O’Neil.

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You Can Help

Your gift will create kind, inclusive communities in a school near you.