Playworks Impact in New England

  1. Updates

The support of our dedicated partners in 2019 helped Playworks increase physical activity, teach social emotional skills, and transform school climate for children in New England.

   99,927 kids experiencing safe & healthy play in school.

  855 young leaders in our Junior Coach program.

•  250 partner schools across New England.

•  1,292 school staff members trained by Playworks professionals.

School Year Highlights:

•  National Recognition for Playworks Founder

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) announced Playworks CEO and Founder, Jill Vialet as one of five winners of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented annually since 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

•  Junior Coaches Inspire their School Communities

Junior Coach Jonathan is a 5th grader at the Mason Elementary School in Roxbury. Jonathan stood out this year as a role model, not only for younger students but for his 5th grade peers as well.

According to Coach Jason, Jonathan always models “positive communication and problem-solving techniques,” whether he is playing with K–2 students during his recess shift or with 5th graders in his own class.

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Since partnering with Playworks, I notice that all students are engaged in playground activity. The games are well organized and the kids seem happy and excited to play. I love how they resolve conflicts on the playground using rock, paper, scissors.

Teacher, Congdon Elementary School, New Bedord, MA

Increasing Safe & Healthy Play in New England

Survey results from educators at our New England partner schools for the 2018-19 school year showed that:

  • 98% of staff reported students are more focused during class;
  • 99% of staff reported more students are physically active at recess;
  • 87% of staff reported fewer bullying incidents during recess;
  • 95% of staff reported that Playworks improved overall school climate;
  • 98% of staff believe that Playworks helps to create opportunities for inclusion of diverse groups of students at recess.

Looking Ahead

Playworks is excited to team up with two of our local sports teams during the 2019-20 school year. The Boston Bruins and Boston Bruins Foundation have announced their commitment of $50,000 to support our programs in New England, along with a donation of hockey and ‘BFit’ Fitness equipment to 55 Playworks partner schools. The New England Revolution, in partnership with Santander Bank, has launched a #RedCardForBullying campaign that will be highlighted at the August 24 Revolution match against the Chicago Fire. Santander will donate $1,000 per Revolution assist from August 24 through the end of the 2019 season.

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Thank you to all of our dedicated supporters and school partners. We can’t wait for next year!

More Updates


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…

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…

coach writing letter
coach writing letter

June 22, 2022

Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches’ end of year reflections ›

Being an AmeriCorps Coach at Playworks is no small feat. Throughout the year, you are asked to complete 1,700 hours of service. Weekend service projects are common, you recruit and coach students for a basketball extravaganza, and you’re encouraged to spend a lot of time reflecting on why you chose to do a year of…