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


July 16, 2019

Playworks Announces Partnerships with New England Sports Teams ›

Playworks is excited to announce that we are teaming up with two of our local sports teams during the 2019-20 school year! Boston Bruins The Boston Bruins and Boston Bruins Foundation have committed $50,000 to support our programs in New England. During the 2019-20 school year, the Bruins will directly support Playworks at 55 Playworks…

May 28, 2019

Coach Alec Goes the Extra Mile at the Manning ›

Coach Alec is a Playworks AmeriCorps Coach at the J.P. Manning School in Jamaica Plain. Coach Alec joined the Playworks team halfway through the school year, but in only a few months he’s had a big impact on the J.P. Manning recess and school climate. This month, Coach Alec recruited over 30 students to participate…

May 22, 2019

Playworks 10th Annual Run for Recess Brings Community Together ›

Saturday, May 18, was Playworks’ 10th Annual Run for Recess 5K and one-mile Fun Run. It was a beautiful morning in Franklin Park. Over 400 Playworks students, families, and supporters gathered for a day of racing and recess. This year, we welcomed race participants of all ages and levels of running experience. Playworks’ Run for…