Playworks execs, board take over Chicago

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Traveling from all 22 Playworks cities across the country, executive directors and our national board of directors blew into the Windy City for their annual fall retreat. Chicago was excited to host the festivities this year, which included a national governance gathering and dinner with special guest, 'Hoop Dreams' filmmaker Peter Gilbert, who welcomed everyone with a speech and clips from his award-winning documentary.

On another evening, the executive directors and board members were introduced to some of our 4th and 5th grade "Junior Coaches" who led them in a series of games including birds of prey, four corners tag, and up down stop go. The junior coaches were naturals, engaging a room of more than 60 adults and ensuring that everyone had a blast playing all the games that our program coordinators and students get to play at their schools every day!

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three people with Playworks shirts

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