Coach Colin Makes Excellent Happen

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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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September 15, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Playground ›

When children feel included on the playground, it gives them the space to learn and grow in an environment that they know will celebrate their wins and encourage them to learn from their mistakes. As recently highlighted on NBC, health experts are stressing inclusion for school children, which is why we’re focusing on it as…

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September 8, 2021

Playworks Goes Back to School! ›

We know how important addressing children’s emotional needs is to recover from the learning loss and trauma felt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s where Playworks steps in. Over the past few months, we have been preparing for modified in-person programming with the intention of bringing an impactful, safe, and fun recess to every child in…

September 1, 2021

2020-21 Year End Report ›

Schools were closed. Sports were cancelled. Recess was still on schedule. Throughout the pandemic, Playworks has been a ready and willing partner to schools across our network, helping to redefine the role of play in the lives of students dealing with increased stress, trauma, and anxiety. The support of dedicated partners helped Playworks continue to provide…