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!

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Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school
Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school

September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

September 9, 2019

Santander, Revolution, and Playworks Kick Off #RedCardAgainstBullying Campaign ›

Playworks, in partnership with the New England Revolution and Santander Bank, is committed to creating and encouraging positive environments that support inclusivity and eliminate bullying in schools. During the August 24 Revs home match, 16,236 Revs fans collectively stood to “show a red card to bullying” as part of our collaborative campaign to end bullying…