June 23, 2016

Fitness With A Spark ›

Playworks has teamed up with New Balance to offer the SparkStart Fitness Challenge across the nation. See how New Balance, MLB athletes, and Playworks are getting kids in the game! Learn more here.

June 7, 2016

Keeping kids healthy and active this summer is easier (and more fun) than you think ›

While summer time is the perfect time for kids to get outside and play, there are plenty of distractions around to keep them from getting good exercise such as the TV,  computer, iPad and video games.  The people from Playworks, a nonprofit aimed at making recess fun and healthy, join Good Day Chicago to talk…

March 3, 2016

Playworks Celebrates AmeriCorps Week. Meet Coach Mollie. ›

Playworks Illinois is celebrating AmeriCorps week by highlighting one of our AmeriCorps coaches, Mollie Strawn. Coach Mollie is a first year coach. Here is what she had to say about her experiences both as a coach and an AmeriCorps member:   “I was nervous on my first day at school. The Playworks team prepared me…

February 4, 2016

Join our Chicago Marathon Team! ›

  Playworks is thrilled to be an official charity of the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Over the past four years our runners have generously raised funds to support Illinois students’ engagement in safe, rewarding play and physical activity throughout the school day. We believe in the power of play to bring out the…

February 4, 2016

Want to Make a Difference? Join Our Playmakers Board! ›

The Playmakers Board supports the overall mission and programs of Playworks Illinois.  The Playmakers Board membership is comprised of professionals in the Chicago area community who are seeking philanthropic experience beyond basic volunteering. Members will gain hands-on experience in leveraging their individual expertise to effectively support the efforts of Playworks – cultivating and practicing skills…

March 3, 2015

AmeriCorps Week Feature: Coach Ingrid Korsgard ›

This week at Playworks Illinois, we are celebrating AmeriCorps Week by acknowledging the amazing work that our AmeriCorps Members are doing in their school communities. Ingrid Korsgard (or Coach Ingrid as the students call her) has already achieved some great things at Alessandro Volta Elementary School, and we are expecting a lot more from her before the…

December 17, 2014

Why We Play ›

Playworks is the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to support and improve children's physical and emotional health. Focusing on recess, Playworks programs provide an opportunity for every student to learn collaboration, teamwork, respect, and inclusion – all through safe, fun, healthy play at school every day.

April 28, 2014

Coach Frankie Encourages Teachers and Kids to Play Together ›

Francheska Santiago has a colorful and vibrant personality that is always on display at Howe School of Excellence on the west side of Chicago. A second year program coordinator, Coach Frankie, as students call her, has consistently high expectations and an encouraging nature. Every day she teaches, leads and encourages other adults to get involved involved on the playground.…

October 14, 2013

Presenting… Jennifer Smith ›

At Playworks Illinois, we’re lucky to have Coach Jen back for a second year! She’s bringing recess to Perkins Bass Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago. She continues to show her commitment to service and her school’s community by going above and beyond to ensure safe, meaningful and inclusive play. As a second…