Coach Nick Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

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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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…