Stories of Play

February 21, 2020

What’s for league tonight?… It’s FUN vs. FUN! ›

Growing up, some of my favorite childhood and school memories are from sports – from playing peewee soccer all the way to Varsity teams in high school. As I’m sure is true for many of us, the skills learned during those practices and games have translated to life beyond the field or court.  At Playworks…

December 19, 2019

Step into the Sneakers of a Junior Coach ›

Recess is simultaneously one of the most treasured and most limited times during an elementary school day. Each of the 25 minutes students spend on the playground is precious, so it can be frustrating to waste time arguing about who kicked the ball out, whether or not they were tagged or who’s going to be…

December 12, 2019

The Power of Junior Coach ›

Coach Stephanie’s student, Cameron, had so much potential – she just didn’t always know how to use her leadership skills in safe and healthy ways. At times Cameron could be withdrawn or had trouble managing her emotions, which made it more difficult for her to build trusting relationships with teachers and peers. Coach Stephanie selected…

December 12, 2019

A Week in the Life of a Flex Coach ›

Greetings Playworks friends! My name is Coach Stella and this year I held the position of Flex Coach with Playworks Illinois. As Flex Coach, I travel to various partner schools in the Chicagoland area to support fellow coaches’ programming. During my time at each school, I get a feel for their community and culture. I…

November 13, 2018

Less Time Arguing, More Time Playing ›

Junior Coach Nyyon is a ro-sham-bo rockstar! Anytime a conflict comes up, particularly during games like foursquare and switch, she is quick to step in and remind students to use ro-sham-bo to resolve the problem and get back to playing. Roshambo, also called rock, paper, scissors, is a quick game of chance kids can play…