Juntas, Juntas! Buena Vista Cheers up the Season

  1. Updates

Juntas, meaning together in Spanish, is just a piece of a cheer I taught my girls’ basketball team yesterday afternoon at lunch recess. 

With leagues coming up and hardly any space on my yard due to construction, running actual basketball games during our practices is a no go. As a result of having no hoops, passing drills are about as close as we can get to mimicking what a true basketball experience might be like. I could tell that my team was feeling discouraged because of the lack of resources and space at our school.

In order to transform their attitude, I knew I would have to create some kind of outlet.  I knew I needed to find a way for them to acknowledge that they are a unique team without the reassurance of putting a ball into a basket. Thus, "Juntas! Juntas!" was born.

A simple and silly twenty second cheer completely changed how the team worked together. Not only has their energy grown since we made up our cheer, but also their excitement to play basketball. Their team spirit has increased immensely simply due to the fact that we stand in a circle, clap our hands, and chant juntas.

With juntas, the team has really grasped the concept that winning doesn't matter; that playing on a team is all about working together and making sure that when one of our teammates feels low, the others are there to pick her up. I never thought a special cheer would be so uplifting to a group of twelve ladies. 

-Coach Whitney (Buena Vista Elementary)

More Updates


January 12, 2023

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2022-2023 school year. With their support, Playworks Northern California has delivered safe and healthy play to over 41,200 elementary school children of promise this year! Check out this inspiring video showcasing our work together:      

A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.
A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.

November 16, 2022

2021-22 Annual Report ›

We are excited to share with you a look back at everything we accomplished in the 2021-2022 program year. It was a year focused on rebuilding after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to share that we served 41,200 students in the Northern California Region.  We are thankful for your continued…

three people with Playworks shirts
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…