Kindness is Cool! An Impactful Day of Leadership and Peer Training

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Playworks of Greater Washington DC (Playworks DMV) and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation co-hosted the Playworks Annual Junior Coach Leadership Conference (JCLC) 2019 on Thursday, March 14, at Capital One Arena for a day of team building, learning, awards, and getting to know other students from across the DMV.

The Junior Coaches used play to learn about leadership, inclusion, facilitation skills, healthy community, goal setting, and more. The young leaders have been working hard all year to serve as positive role models at recess and in the classroom! They celebrated each other’s successful efforts to reduce school bullying and ensure safe & healthy play for every kid.

“These children are our next generation. The sooner we can start teaching them how to treat each other respectfully, the better their future and ours.”

—Brendan Hurley, Event Co-chair

This year’s Youth Awards Ceremony was co-hosted by sports anchor/director Darren Haynes of WUSA9 and radio show host, Angie Ange of WKYS. They announced the winners of the four awards to students who most exemplify the Playworks values of respect, inclusion, healthy play, and healthy community. Other exciting speakers and workshops were led by OnRae LaTeal of the Black Girls Handgames Project; Coppin State Tennis Coach Ebonye Jones; Assistant General Manager of the Mystics, Maria Giovanetti; and Game Genius.

Playworks of Greater Washington DC thanks everyone involved with the Annual Junior Coach Leadership Conference 2019 for taking part in building leadership among our young leaders. We promise to continue providing more great opportunities for everyone to support our children’s safe and healthy play.

Winners of the JCLC 2019 Awards


David (The Children’s Guild Public Charter School)


Emmanuel (Payne Elementary)

Healthy Play

Jeyson (Powell Elementary)

Healthy Community

Shawnece (Langley Elementary)

Additional day-of awards were provided to prospective Junior Coaches and Playworks schools who were rockstars for the day!  

Dakota (Ashland Elementary)

Emanual (LaSalle Backus)

Group photo of Junior Coach Leadership Conference 2019 participants
Junior Coach Leadership Conference 2019 participants

More pictures of the events:  JCLC Facebook Album

Post event release



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