Board Member Spotlight

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With the new fiscal year in full swing, we wanted to take time to reflect and celebrate one of our board members, Stephanie, who has helped expand and enrich Playworks' impact in Michigan. Stephanie, owner of the Stay and Play Social Club, is passionate about bringing safe, healthy play to children in Michigan’s elementary schools. Whether spreading the word about Playworks or hosting an annual kickball tournament fundraiser, Stephanie is committed to helping Playworks serve more students.

We sat down with Stephanie to learn about her board member experience with Playworks Michigan.

Why join Playworks Michigan?

If you care about the future of this country, and realize that we need to focus on the children and give them the chance to play, then Playworks Michigan is a great organization to be a part of!

How were you convinced to get on the board? How long have you been a board member?

Visiting one of Playworks' school partners at recess, seeing the AmeriCorp Playworks coach and the fourth- and fifth-grade Junior Coaches in action, and watching how the students enjoyed recess really drew me in.  I have been a board member for over four years now.

What is your favorite experience so far with Playworks Michigan?

Seeing the number of students impacted each year increasing from new school partnerships and knowing the positive impression that Playworks will have on their future endeavors.

Why should others support Playworks Michigan?

We need to make sure students learn how to be a part of a team, and have the opportunity to play. Students can learn about compromise and inclusion, and enjoy physical activity—all while playing!

What kinds of challenges does Playworks Michigan face?

Playworks Michigan faces a challenge that the primary focus in elementary schools is on academics and declining recess. Schools, parents, and academia need to see how powerful play can be and acknowledge the benefits.

What is your go-to recess game to play?

Foursquare is my favorite at this time. Adults need to play more too, and I need to make sure I visit more schools at recess to try more games.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Playworks Michigan board member, contact Angela Rogensues, Executive Director at

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