Introducing Our Newest Board Member: Lauren Kelly

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We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Lauren Kelly. Lauren is a motivated individual dedicated to the mission of Playworks and the belief that physical activity in schools fosters children’s success in the classroom and beyond. A former competitive athlete in high school at the national level, Lauren has enjoyed an outstanding career in institutional asset management sales and high-level real estate sales and marketing.

Lauren brings to the Board a passion to keep physical activity in schoolsand an understanding of the vital positive impact it has on children’s learning abilities, confidence, and overall development.

We are certain that Lauren’s athletic and professional background, her influence in key environments, her demonstrated support and her longstanding relationships with individuals close to and within Playworks itself make her an exceptional choice to assume an active role in guiding the organization forward.

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three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

June 25, 2021

Playworks & Buffalo Sabres Partner for Girls Community Leadership Program ›

When the Buffalo Sabres Foundation was looking for ways to virtually engage their young fans after their Kids Club programming was canceled due to COVID, they turned to Playworks. Building off of the Sabres’ interest in introducing ice hockey to more girls, Playworks created the Girls Community Leadership Program. Dontae Privette, Playworks Community Engagement and…