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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May 25, 2021

Recess Reboot at the Guilmette Elementary School ›

Playworks knows that recess is one of the most critical opportunities for students to be physically active, build core social-emotional skills, and build relationships with their peers. However, recess can often be a source of stress and chaos for schools – especially in light of new guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some added…

Principal Coleen Smith
Principal Coleen Smith

May 24, 2021

Recess Rocks in RI prioritizes Rhode Island students’ health and well-being throughout COVID-19 crisis ›

Recess Champions program recognizes educators who have made play a priority   Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a six-year old partnership of Playworks New England, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), has launched an initiative to recognize school professionals who have made it a priority…

May 21, 2021

Six Boston Schools Receive $25,000 in Wellness Grants After Helping Get Boston Back in Motion ›

More Than 3,000 Students Participate in Month-Long Effort Aimed at Improving Health and Well-Being of Youth BOSTON  – Boston Back in Motion, an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning, on Friday awarded six Boston schools a total of $25,000 in wellness grants for participating…