Playworks Girls Basketball: Bringing Communities Together

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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose may still be sidelined with a knee injury, but the Playworks Girls Basketball League provided plenty of excitement on the hardwood this winter. Players showed off their dribbling, passing and defensive prowess while making coaches, parents and school staff proud with their ability to Respect the Game, Play Hard and Have Fun!

Third and fourth graders  from 15 schools across the Chicago came together this season in our developmental basketball league.

Some players were on the court for the first time in their lives! The only thing that could compare to the growth in skills that we saw was the size of the smiles that many of the players wore during the games.

Highlights included former NBA players in attendance, parents hitting half court shots during halftime and all players showing positive sporting behavior, some even doubling back in line for extra post-game high fives.

Leagues are a way to get families and supporters together from many communities to cheer on and encourage learning new skills and increase the kids' confidence to get in the game. Congratulations to all the league participants!!

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August 29, 2022

Playworks Illinois 2021-2022 Impact Report ›

For the last 10 years, Playworks Illinois has given kids foundational skills for success on the playground, in the classroom, and in the community. We are the leading organization that leverages play to promote healthy behaviors and increase social and emotional learning, at recess and throughout the school day. Last school year alone, Playworks Illinois…

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,…