Meet our 2016-17 school year Coaches!

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Get to know our 2016-17 Playworks Michigan Coaches!

Playworks Michigan kicked off the start of our sixth school year in September. We have a fresh set of Americorp Coaches who are trained and geared up to serve their school communities with safe and healthy play every day! For the 2016-17 school year, we will be partnered with nine Coach, four TeamUp, and 15 Pro schools.

During their weeks of training, our coaches picked up our Playbook and started learning as many games as possible. Get to know some of their favorite games so far:

“I really enjoy facilitating relay races. It is fun to see the different age groups and their varying skill levels!”—Coach Eboni, Academy of Americas

“My go to’s are extreme ro-sham-bo or six-line soccer for outdoor, and floor ball for indoor recess.”—Coach Aja, Roberto Clemente Learning Academy

“I really love bridge ball as my go to game.”—Coach Chris, Beech Elementary

“Three-line basketballit’s a good go-to for indoor recess!”—Coach LaToya, Washington Parks Academy

“Switch and jump rope.”—Coach Patrice, Brewer Elementary

Wondering what made the coaches want to join our Playworks Team? Here are some of their responses:

“I would like to empower youth and try to play a role in brightening their futures. I plan to use this platform working with Playworks to build my skills and learn how to run a successful program!”—Coach Eboni, Academy of Americas

“I love working with kids and I wanted to give back. This year of service offers all of the above and I really enjoy it so far.”—Coach Aja, Roberto Clemente Learning Academy

“Finding an organization that fits all your goals and dreams to make the world a better place is what brought me to Playworks. The children of the world will one day take our place and what better way to bring out the best in them than by play because that’s what kids do!”—Coach Marina, McKenzie Elementary

“The desire to impact the lives of youth in the metro Detroit area, along with not wanting a boring 9-5 job is what brought me to Playworks.”—Coach Patrice, Brewer Elementary

We are excited to see what this year holds for each of our coaches and the incredible impact they are going to make at our partner schools. Stay tuned for more updates this spring.

If you are interested in scheduling a site visit to see our coaches in action at some of our partner schools, please contact Maria Carr, development manager, at

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

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