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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March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…