In the News
October 31, 2019
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
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
September 27, 2019
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
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
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
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.
The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast
May 13, 2019
Play belongs in every classroom. Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet joins the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast to discuss how teachers can leverage the power of play in their classrooms.
Time for Kids
May 8, 2019
Today, at least six states have laws that require elementary schools to provide daily recess. Other states are considering similar bills. Kids can help change recess laws too. According to the 2017 CDC and SHAPE America report, recess can improve a child’s memory. It can also improve a child’s focus.
May 3, 2019
Schools that allow recess to take a backseat are missing out on how breaks can benefit students, according to an expert. In a recent interview with the American Journal of Play, Olga Jarrett, a professor emerita in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University, described the current state of children’s play…