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April 27, 2015

Olympian Stands Behind Laureus’ Ongoing Commitment to Playworks ›

Four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin announces Laureus USA’s $1.5M in continued support of play.

April 16, 2015

Playworks’ Official Best High Five of 2015 ›

Celebrating National High Five Day, Playworks gathered high fives from across the country in the quest for the best high five of 2015.

March 8, 2015

Happy AmeriCorps Week ›

We're celebrating the more than 80,000 members engaged in national service.

January 29, 2015

Data Suggests Recess Has Strong Implications for School Climate ›

New research demonstrates that a high-functioning recess can contribute to a positive school climate in low-income elementary schools.

January 17, 2015

On Play and Love ›

Play and Dr. King both teach us that in attempting to change things for the better, the best place to start is by practicing kindness and empathy with ourselves

January 16, 2015

Playworks Arizona Helps Set a Guinness World Record ›

Yesterday in Arizona, a Guinness world record was set. With the support of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and UnitedHealthcare, exactly 1,136 fourth and fifth grade students and volunteers gathered at ASU Preparatory Academy to play a giant game of red-light, green-light. Last summer, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Foundation, in…

October 28, 2014

Massachusetts Elementary School Wins $1,000 of Recess Equipment ›

Principal Genteen Lacet Jean-Michel came to Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan, MA two years ago with a mission to turn around school performance. But when the students and teachers walked into school those first days, it became evident that first she would have to address student behavior. “Ninety-nine percent of the teachers talked about how bad the…

September 26, 2014

Playworks Partners with U.S. Department of State and espnW on Global Sports Mentoring Program ›

Former Egyptian Women’s National Team Basketball star turned engineer turned social entrepreneur comes to Oakland to innovate with Playworks mentor A former Egyptian women’s basketball star and telecommunications engineer who left both worlds to start a school for underprivileged Egyptian children is spending three weeks at Playworks’ national office in Oakland as part of the…

September 26, 2014

“Play” and Its Importance to Child Development ›

It’s no secret that the benefits of physical activity in children are abundant, and they go well beyond just increasing physical fitness and preventing obesity. Numerous studies demonstrate that participation in sports and other play creates long-term emotional and psychological advantages, helping put kids on a path to success off the playing field. However, the…