Updates

December 8, 2021

Playworks Indiana Indoor Recess Game Guide ›

Here at Playworks Indiana, we know a thing or two about cold winters and rainy days. We know this can be a challenge for schools and educators to keep things fresh and engaging for students during the months of frequent indoor recess. To help ensure kids can still play and be physically active for indoor…

December 6, 2021

Coach Spotlight: Riaunah Washington ›

Welcome back to our Coach spotlight series! In this series,  we’re introducing all of our AmeriCorps members serving as Coaches in Playworks partner schools for the  2021-2022 school year. Next up, we would like to introduce Riaunah Washington, aka Coach Ri.  Coach Ri is a first time AmeriCorps member serving at Global Prep Academy at…

December 1, 2021

Coach Spotlight: Kamella Wolfork ›

A core component of Playworks Indiana are our AmeriCoprs Coaches. Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches serve onsite at our partner schools every day of the school year so kids in Indiana experience safe, inclusive, and healthy play that lead to positive student outcomes. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide our most intense direct service program,…

November 15, 2021

Let’s Go All IN Sports Leagues! ›

Playworks Indiana is so excited to tell YOU about our All IN Sports Leagues, a collaborative programmatic effort with Indiana Sports Corp. Through Playworks developmental sports Leagues, trained Playworks Coaches, based in partner schools full time during the school year, implement a social emotional skills focused curriculum in after school sports leagues for third and…

October 29, 2021

2021 Kickball Recap ›

On September 29, 2021, Playworks Indiana hosted its annual Corporate Kickball Tournament and it was awesome! This was Indiana’s first in person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was so exciting to be in person again for our region’s signature employee engagement event!.   All together, we had six different companies participate…

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…

August 17, 2021

Playworks Indiana 2020-2021 Impact Report ›

For over 20 years, Playworks 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. During this last school year, we were all…

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,…