Coach Nick Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Nick is a first year Playworks AmeriCorps member at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury. Over the course of the school year, Coach Nick has proven to be incredibly responsive, attentive, and dedicated in all aspects of his work. Additionally, Coach Nick has been able to build a strong program and great relationship with all members of the school community. In fact, Coach Nick was able to recruit over 40 runners from his school to participate in the annual Playworks Run for Recess. Coach Nick always has a smile on his face and students love his playful personality.

During the month of April, Coach Nick delivered an ultimate frisbee training to all of the students in the school, exposing many students to ultimate frisbee for the very first time. Ultimate frisbee has become so popular in the school, there is now a frisbee-themed game at every recess. Additionally, Coach Nick has volunteered to create an after school ultimate frisbee team. They practice multiple times a week, and Coach Nick is in the process of scheduling ultimate frisbee games with other Playworks schools so the students can practice their skills.

Coach Nick continues to make excellent happen at this school and in the community by engaging his Junior Coaches in a year-long mentorship project with Fidelity Investments. This volunteer opportunity has students working side-by-side with Fidelity employees, learning the importance of communication, presentation skills, and collaboration. Additionally, students participated in a pen pal program, writing letters back and forth to their mentors at Fidelity. Coach Nick is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With his incredible dedication to creating a healthy, inclusive environment for his students, we are confident Coach Nick will continue to make excellence happen throughout Massachusetts.

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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…