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


December 17, 2019

Coach Avre is a Team Player and a Leader in Lawrence ›

Coach Avre is a second-year coach at the Robert Frost Elementary School in Lawrence, MA. Although he only started halfway through the 2018-19 school year, Avre is a critical member of the Playworks team in Lawrence and has taken on a leadership role for his fellow coaches.  This year, Playworks has six school partners in…

December 6, 2019

Play is a Priority for New Bedford School District ›

Playworks New England is thrilled to continue creating opportunities for safe and healthy play for elementary students across New Bedford.  Playworks launched programs in four New Bedford schools in 2016. This year, Playworks has expanded to serve 12 New Bedford elementary schools through a combination of services, which means over 4,000 students are experiencing safe…

December 5, 2019

Principal Duffy is a Champion of Play ›

Stephen Duffy is the principal at the Plympton Elementary School in Waltham. This is Mr. Duffy’s third year as the principal, but he has worked in the Waltham School district for over 20 years.  In addition to being a great principal and important member of the Plympton community, Mr. Duffy demonstrates Playworks values everyday! He…