Press Releases

August 20, 2014

Back-to-School Signals Time to Think about Recess ›

National organization says safe and healthy recess critical to improving school climate; offers tips to help parents assess recess at their child’s school Oakland, CA, August 20, 2014 – With the new school year upon us, a national non-profit is urging families to add an important task to their already-full plate: reviewing the state of…

October 29, 2013

Playworks adds nonprofit veterans to senior management team ›

Oakland, CA—October 29, 2013— Nonprofit veteran executives David Carroll and Marie Longo have joined the staff of Playworks as chief financial and chief development officers for the national nonprofit. CFO David Carroll joins Playworks after financial leadership roles at the California Association of Food Banks and Community Foundation Sonoma County. He spent nearly a decade…

January 26, 2012

New Balance Foundation signs on as national partner ›

Boston, MA— New Balance Foundation announces a national partnership with Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that supports learning and a positive school climate by providing healthy, inclusive play and physical activity, to expand the power of play to more than 130,000 students in 23 cities across the country. New Balance Foundation’s $1.2 million investment over…

January 9, 2012

Playworks and Pilots Team Up for Kids ›

Portland, OR— The University of Portland women’s basketball team plans to team up with two local Playworks elementary schools in the “Playworks and Pilots Exhibition.” Over the next few weeks, the Pilots players plan to continue their efforts to reach out to the community and visit Beach Elementary and Bridger School in Portland. These school exhibitions…

August 26, 2011

New Research Shows Decline in Emotional Health ›

Study also finds greater resiliency at schools that offer an extra boost of safe and healthy play

August 18, 2011

Elizabeth Cushing Named Playworks President ›

Oakland, CA— Elizabeth Cushing has been named president and chief operating officer of Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that brings play and physical activity to schools and youth organizations around the country. Cushing previously served as chief strategy officer of the organization.  In her new position, she will oversee all development, program, training and evaluation initiatives…

April 6, 2011

New Balance CEO Named Most Playful in Nationwide Search ›

Rob DeMartini models playfulness on and off the job

April 27, 2010

Portland Trail Blazers President Named Country’s Most Playful CEO ›

Larry Miller to be honored after nationwide search

February 4, 2010

First-of-its-kind Gallup Poll Links Recess to Academic Achievement ›

Principals say recess has a positive impact on learning; students are more focused, listen better after recess