TJ Carrie and Playworks creates “Recess Hero” Playbook for Parker Elementary

  1. Updates

Oakland Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie launched his charitable foundation with students on the playground of Parker Elementary in Oakland on November 28, 2016, partnering with Playworks and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Together, TJ and Playworks created an exciting playbook for Parker Elementary entitled, “Recess Hero.” This innovative incentive program empowers Junior Coaches to challenge all students on the playground to join TJ’s team and be a “Recess Hero.” TJ is the first athlete in the nation who has adopted a single school through the Playworks program.

As part of TJ’s "Take A Chance: Dream Big" call to action, “Recess Hero” focuses on core values such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, positive conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Following the foundation announcement, TJ joined the students for recess, as he regularly does, challenging the children to a game of gaga ball, foursquare, 21 football, and tag, to name a few. All the while, he encouraged them to make good choices, and most importantly, delivered high-fives to everyone! 

With TJ earning a master’s degree in coaching education, Playworks was an obvious teammate for the TJ Carrie Foundation. All students will receive an autograph scorecard from TJ with their goals on the back. Students and staff achieving the goals will receive a silver and black “Recess Hero” T-shirt.

Together, Playworks, TJ, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation are teaching students to dream bigger and become heroes on the playground and in their communities. 

View more photos from the event.

More Updates


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…

April 5, 2022

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!

March 30, 2022

Playworks Celebrates Women’s History Month ›

Playworks Northern California celebrates Women Leaders who have contributed to the Power of 25 years of Play. During this month, meet remarkable female leaders who strive to ensure that every student on the playground feels valued and heard. Throughout Southern California, these women have contributed to empowering students, especially young girls, to get in the…