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


May 25, 2021

Recess Reboot at the Guilmette Elementary School ›

Playworks knows that recess is one of the most critical opportunities for students to be physically active, build core social-emotional skills, and build relationships with their peers. However, recess can often be a source of stress and chaos for schools – especially in light of new guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some added…

Principal Coleen Smith
Principal Coleen Smith

May 24, 2021

Recess Rocks in RI prioritizes Rhode Island students’ health and well-being throughout COVID-19 crisis ›

Recess Champions program recognizes educators who have made play a priority   Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a six-year old partnership of Playworks New England, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), has launched an initiative to recognize school professionals who have made it a priority…

May 21, 2021

Six Boston Schools Receive $25,000 in Wellness Grants After Helping Get Boston Back in Motion ›

More Than 3,000 Students Participate in Month-Long Effort Aimed at Improving Health and Well-Being of Youth BOSTON  – Boston Back in Motion, an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning, on Friday awarded six Boston schools a total of $25,000 in wellness grants for participating…