Coach Allison Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Allison is in her third year as a Playworks program coordinator. She began her Playworks career in North Carolina in 2011, and moved her talents to Playworks Massachusetts in 2012. Coach Allison has an incredible passion and desire to help spread the Playworks movement across the country – we certainly are lucky to have her. In her two years in Massachusetts, Coach Allison has been placed at the Joseph J. Hurley K-8 School in the South End. Over these two years, she has built an incredible relationship with her school with great dedication to making excellent happen. She is involved with many after-school activities, including the gala event that helps raise money for school partners at the Hurley, including Playworks. She is a trusted member of the Hurley community, giving all students the opportunity to learn, lead and thrive.

During the month of December, Coach Allison led an initiative to help improve behaviors among students in her school. Coach Allison overheard teachers in her school one day commenting on the some insincere behavior they observed in and out of the classroom. Upset this was happening, Coach Allison decided to spearhead a solution to this problem. She created a special Class Game Time unit that focused on sincerity and created games that would help students understand the importance of being genuine and honest. In fact, teachers are commenting that they are really noticing a difference in the behavior of their students.

As a third year coach, Allison continues take on an enormous leadership role at leagues. Allison is encouraging high-fives and positive sporting behavior among all the Hurley students. She is always lending a helping hand at leagues, willing to referee extra games to make sure the night goes smoothly. Coach Allison is devoted to making excellent happen in the Playworks Massachusetts community, we are excited to see what the future holds for Coach Allison.

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…

coach writing letter
coach writing letter

June 22, 2022

Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches’ end of year reflections ›

Being an AmeriCorps Coach at Playworks is no small feat. Throughout the year, you are asked to complete 1,700 hours of service. Weekend service projects are common, you recruit and coach students for a basketball extravaganza, and you’re encouraged to spend a lot of time reflecting on why you chose to do a year of…