April 8, 2022

Spring Back into Core Recess Games! ›

As the weather gets warmer and the snow melts, it’s time to get back outside for recess! At Playworks, we have a few Core Games that are found at most recesses: jump rope, soccer, basketball, 4- square, and kickball. While all of these games are loads of fun on their own, sometimes after months of…

March 28, 2022

Volunteer with Playworks this Spring! ›

Volunteering is an incredible way to get your company out of the office (or out of their homes) and gather to make a lasting difference in the community. As the weather gets warmer and outdoor recess is the norm again, there are tons of opportunities for you and your company to volunteer with Playworks New…

March 24, 2022

AmeriCorps Members Deepen Impact with Community Partners ›

Our AmeriCorps members chose to do a year of service for a variety of reasons. Many are intrigued by the work that Playworks does and have a desire to work with kids in some capacity, or love youth development through sports. During their term of service they have a unique opportunity to not only work…

March 23, 2022

Marisa’s Service on the Playworks Leadership Council and Beyond ›

Written by Marisa Carrasquillo, member of the Playworks New England Leadership Council. Service has always been part of who I am. While I spend my days working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as a Product Management Specialist and in a research lab at Regis College (where I’m also pursuing my Master of Public…

March 17, 2022

Why We Serve: Reflections from Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches ›

It’s no secret that our AmeriCorps Coaches are total rockstars. Their Program Managers have awesome things to say about them, Coach Sara shared her service story with us, and now it’s time to hear from all 15 of our incredible AmeriCorps Coaches.  Why did you choose to be a Playworks Coach? Coach Mike: Youth are…

March 3, 2022

From the Circus to School: Coach Sara’s Journey to AmeriCorps ›

Written by Sara Greene, a Playworks New England Americorps Coach at the Blackstone School in Boston, Massachusetts. I found Playworks on Craigslist of all places (I have had quite a good relationship with Craigslist over the years, from buying a miniature horse to a homemade caravan). I was looking around for an interesting project to…

February 22, 2022

How Playworks Programming Promotes Physical Activity ›

The conversation about how to revitalize education most often focuses on test scores; however, an overlooked opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess. Unfortunately, a chaotic and under-resourced recess environment in many schools interferes with our children’s healthy development and ability to learn.  The Center for Disease Control and…

February 17, 2022

Rhode Island’s Active Indoor Recess Week ›

What if Indoor Recess was just as active as outdoor recess, with students moving around, playing, and having positive social interactions through group games? Sounds great, but how do we fit physical activity into a classroom? How do we keep a respectful noise level? How do we support transitions when the students lose the physical…

The Boston Foundation

February 10, 2022

Evaluating Children’s Physical Activity in School-Based Programs ›

This study explores the impact of the Boston Foundation’s investment in four nonprofits that provide structured physical activity to students in school, including Playworks.