Coach Colin Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Colin is a first-year AmeriCorps program coordinator at Mendell Elementary School in Roxbury. He is a natural Playworks coach and has an immense commitment to making a difference in the community. Coach Colin has established great relationships with students, staff, and families at Mendell. He is an important part of the school, ensuring that all students feel safe, healthy, and included.

During December, Coach Colin was able to recruit a girls basketball team for the Playworks basketball league. Not only did he recruit a team, but the girls were eager to learn, practice, create team cheers, and play. The girls were featured in the school newsletter for their great season and dedication to basketball. These basketball players have flourished into leaders — working on their communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.

In addition to building a stellar girls basketball team, Coach Colin continues to make excellent happen through the Billion Mile Race program. Each day at recess, students participate in the Billion Mile Race through the running club. Students have enjoyed running laps and working together as a school to reach their running goal. Coach Colin has also played an integral role in a new social and emotional learning initiative with Playworks. With his incredible personality and positive attitude, we are confident that Coach Colin will continue to make excellent 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…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

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…