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Good Morning America

September 11, 2020

Luke Bryan surprises elementary school coach on GMA ›

Matthew Bailey is a Playworks coach at Manzanita Community Elementary School, the same school he attended as a kid. Playworks is a nonprofit organization that works to help schools and youth programs across the U.S. create recess and play environments. “I want them knowing that they have an African-American role model or someone to look…

November 20, 2019

Rethinking Recess Leads to Results On and Off the Playground ›

At first glance, it looks like your standard recess at Eliza Chappell Elementary School.  But upon closer inspection, what is happening outside during recess is in fact rather unusual. Every student is occupied with one activity or another—even those on the jungle gym. The games are clear, organized and inclusive. And a specially trained coach…

UC Santa Cruz

November 14, 2019

Learning on the playground: How elementary school recess enhances every aspect of child development ›

“Recess is an essential but often neglected part of the school day,” said Rebecca London, author of the new book Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School. “Every child needs recess, but recess is not distributed equitably.”

October 31, 2019

The right to play: Eliminating the opportunity gap in elementary school recess ›

Elementary school students have the right to play during the school day. Closing the recess opportunity gap requires ensuring access to daily recess for all children at school, finding and enforcing alternatives to recess withholding, and designing recess to ensure it supports students’ social, emotional, and physical development.


October 25, 2019

Detroit Lions players encourage students to stand up to bullying ›

Several Lions players took time on Tuesday afternoon to visit the Mason Academy to encourage kindness and to discourage bullying through the act of play. The players met, played with kids and answered questions at a pep rally hosted in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month. Featured photo credit: Detroit Lions Cheerleaders

Children at Recess
Children at Recess

National PTA

September 27, 2019

Recess: Is it Just for Play? ›

Recess is often a student’s favorite time of their school day and it also leads to better behavior and academic performance. Yet a recent report revealed only 16% of states require elementary schools to have daily recess. Researcher and dad, William Massey, explains the benefits of recess, what high-quality recess looks like and how parents…

Nonprofit Leadership Podcasts

August 5, 2019

How Important the Role of Play is in a Child’s Overall Development May Surprise You ›

Listen to our founder, Jill Vialet, in her recent interview with Rob Harter on the Nonprofit Leadership Podcast as she explains why play is vital to a child’s healthy development.

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

June 14, 2019

Jill Vialet Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by PCSFN ›

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet wins President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

Good Morning America

June 3, 2019

Playworks Coaches Max Langaard and Matthew Bailey on GMA ›

Former Playworks Coach Max Langaard and Playworks Coach Matthew Bailey were featured on Good Morning America and were surprised with NBA finals tickets. They highlighted the lifetime bond they developed and their shared love of basketball. They’re both incredible role models! Watch their inspiring story.