Coach Akeem Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Akeem is a second year program coordinator who has fully encompassed the core values of Playworks. In his second year with Playworks Massachusetts, Coach Akeem returned to the Lee School in Dorchester. Over his two years at the Lee School, Coach Akeem has been able to transform the school climate into a place where all students feel safe, included and ready to learn. Coach Akeem has been essential in creating a school environment where all his students have the opportunity to learn, lead and thrive. He has built incredible relationships with students, faculty and staff, always wearing his brightly colored fanny pack and enormous smile whenever he walks the hallways.

In March, Coach Akeem sparked the creativeness and imagination of his students by inventing new games, competitions and challenges for each week. He recently invented a relay race game based off the incredibly popular video game Mario Kart. He knew that his students loved playing this video game, however, wanted to make sure everyone was staying physically active. Coach Akeem took this video game and turned it into a relay race which involved hula hoops, running and high-fives. Additionally, Coach Akeem creates challenges for his students to try new games. Each time a student tries a new game they earn a star, the classroom with the most stars at the end of the week earns a surprise from Coach Akeem!

Coach Akeem also hosts a group of New Balance volunteers each month. Each time the volunteers come to school, Coach Akeem creates a welcome sign and has students greet the volunteers with a fun cheer, ensuring the volunteers are set up for success and feel welcomed so they can have a wonderful time at recess. Coach Akeem is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With his dedication and passion for creating a healthy, fun and safe environment for his students, we are confident Coach Akeem will continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…