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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November 29, 2022

Welcome back to the Joy Series ›

As we enter the last month of the year, we are thrilled to bring back the Joy Series. After a year full of transitions, growth, and exciting new changes for us, we’re looking forward to spending the next five weeks focused on joy. Here’s how you can follow along with the Joy Series:    …

November 16, 2022

Meet Renee, our new Executive Director! ›

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Renee Gaudette has worked for youth development organizations in New England since graduating college and now joins us as New England’s new Executive Director. Her favorite recess game is 4-square (“I get really competitive… I can’t help it,” she admits), and she has a dog named California Sunshine Epps…

November 15, 2022

Building skills through play: developing youth leaders on the playground ›

What does youth empowerment look like at recess and why is it important? Every kid deserves the opportunity to shine. The playground is the perfect place to empower students and build their confidence by giving them opportunities to lead, whether it be with their own classmates or students in younger grades. Play is such a…