Meet Coach MJ

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Coach MJ is a proud Minnesota native, born and bred in South Minneapolis. Before joining the Playworks family for the start of the 2013-14 school year, Coach MJ was working with the YMCA.  For the past two years he's been bringing rock, paper, scissors, cheers, and high-fives to the students and faculty of Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis, and loving every minute of it!
What was your favorite recess game growing up:
As a kid, my two favorite games were football and four-square.
Has it changed now that you're a coach:
Now that I'm a coach, wall-ball is my new favorite 
What is the best part about being a coach:
The best part about being a coach are the interactions I get to have with the students and staff—bringing out a healthy community.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go:
I want to visit Jamaica one day. A tropical paradise!

More Updates

June 20, 2024

Games to Play this Summer ›

Summertime is here!  The first few weeks of summer bring fun and excitement and the return of free time and fun, seasonal activities. But as the summer stretches on, it…

May 29, 2024

2024 International Day of Play ›

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted June 11 as the International Day of Play. This global celebration was established to champion and protect children’s right to play. On this…

group photo from event
group photo from event

April 10, 2024

Growing Play in the Twin Cities ›

Minnesota School District Recognized as a Blue Shirt District Playworks’ first Blue Shirt District in Minnesota was announced today: North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 (District 622). The recognition uplifts…