Coach Logan Innovates and Motivates at the BTU

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Coach Logan talking her girls’ basketball team at halftime during a Playworks League Night

Coach Logan DiCarlo is an AmeriCorps coach at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. Coach Logan hasn’t wasted any time this year making her mark on the BTU school and getting involved in the Playworks community.

This month, we kicked off our Playworks Girls’ Basketball Leagues. Coach Logan recruited a full team of 4th and 5th graders to participate in a seven-week league, learning the basics of Basketball and participating in games against other schools across the city. Logan doesn’t only teach basketball skills during her after-school practices, she also holds snack time and study hall every week to offer tutoring and homework help before getting on the court.

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Coach Logan with her family at Playworks Rock, Paper, Scissors FUNdraiser last month

Coach Logan has also implemented a new incentive system at the BTU. She awards ‘Playworks Dollars’ to students who are playing during recess rather than sitting on the sidelines. Students will cash in these ‘Playworks Dollars’ on Pie-in-the-Face Day, using dollars to vote on which BTU staff member they want to pie. (Our money is on Coach Logan!) Logan also uses ‘Logan Dollars’ with her Junior Coaches, awarding them when they meet their goals and demonstrate leadership. The Junior Coaches will be able to use ‘Logan Dollars’ to hold a pizza party or win small prizes at Junior Coach training.

Not only has Coach Logan stepped up in her school community, she has also supported our team at Playworks as part of the Rock, Paper, Scissors FUNdraiser planning committee. The event was held on November 8. Logan’s whole family came out to show their support, helping us raise $9,000 towards our Basketball Leagues.

We’re lucky to have a motivated coach like Logan representing Playworks in the Boston community. We are confident that she will continue to make an impact at the BTU School and at Playworks for the remainder of the year.

Playworks Coach Logan League Night

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