The Girls Got Game!

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Playworks Chicago kicked off the 2011-12 Girls Basketball season with our first ever Extravaganza, an event where all of our schools’ teams (comprised of 4th and 5th graders) came together for a skills-building clinic. At stations led by our Playworks Program Coordinators, players were able to practice their shooting, rebounding, passing, dribbling and defensive skills.  The Girls Basketball Extravaganza was an introduction to basketball for many girls and was a great way to teach the basics of the game! At the end of the evening, teams comprised of players from different schools scrimmaged to show off their new talents.

Many thanks to Union Park for hosting both the Extravaganza and our weekly games. And, a big “whoosh clap” to the families for their support!  

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

June 22, 2022

2022 Kickball Tournament ›

On Saturday, June 11, Playworks Illinois held our 9th Annual Kickball Tournament. The tournament was such a fun first event back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teams gave it their all, but ultimately there could be only one Golden Kickball Trophy winner. This year we had 4 teams including West Monroe Partners, Twelve Consulting Group,…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…