Junior Coach of the Month – Eliana

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Eliana was one of our strongest Junior Coaches from her first week on the playground. She immediately stood out to me as the first girl Junior Coach to ask to be assigned to soccer. It is a constant struggle to get girls on the field, yet she mastered it more quickly than her Playworks coach. Yard duties pointed out how great she was doing as she ran through the playground area inviting others to go play with her. I used her as an example of what to do to the other Junior Coaches who were nervous for their first few weeks working.

Therefore, I was shocked when I found out the numerous, stressful, family transitions she had gone through over the summer– the least of which was adjusting to a new city and school. An adult who new her previously came up to me to tell me that this, shy, introverted girl who barely spoke over the summer did a complete turnaround and was now such a well-known role-model at the school. She credited Playworks and the Junior Coach program with making the change–but as a coach, I can really only give the credit to Eliana for her amazing resilience and intuitive, friendly leadership at our recesses!

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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

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Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

Check out this inspiring video showcasing Playworks Northern California’s continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2021-22 school year. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to over 30,000 elementary school children of promise in Northern California this year. We are grateful for their support of this important work!