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Golden State Warriors and Playworks have had a long-standing relationship thru our partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the GetFit program.

Kaiser Permanente, Playworks and the Golden State Warriors have teamed up to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. The program serves to reinforce healthy behavior and provide youth with the opportunities and resources that are critical to their future success.

We congratulate the three-time NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, and salute their commitment to children and helping us bring safe and healthy play in our schools.


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April 15, 2019

From Bland to BAM! Community Beautification ›

On April 6, 2019, in East Palo Alto, Ca, Playworks Silicon Valley and The Primary School community worked together to enhance the school’s playground in order to create a more safe, inclusive, and independent play space for their youngest students. The Primary School is serving students with a holistic approach starting at age three to…

April 3, 2019

Grown N’ Play for Oakland Community ›

On March 21 at Neyborly – Jack London, Playworks East Bay and RealTime Oakland teamed up for a first-time community event! Grown N’ Play was an evening of recess-inspired games and organic conversation that fostered authentic connection in the East Bay. RealTime Oakland is a collective of community collaborators who create social experiences that combine…

March 22, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

March 19, 2019

Playworks Students Get Fit While Celebrating Generation Thrive ›

Playworks students from San Lorenzo’s Bay Elementary and San Francisco’s Lakeshore Elementary traveled to the Rakuten Performance Center on March 11 for a special Get Fit program. This program, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Golden State Warriors, educates Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. This one-of-a-kind program began with a panel consisting of…

March 15, 2019

Showing our Appreciation for AmeriCorps Members! ›

March 10–16 marked AmeriCorps Appreciation Week! AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs of which members commit their time to address critical community needs. We have 25 AmeriCorps members serving our school communities with Playworks Northern California. They are fundamental to our program, and we are grateful for their commitment to our mission. To…

February 20, 2019

Summer Corporate Kickball Tournaments ›

Playworks San Francisco and Playworks Silicon Valley are hosting their annual Corporate Kickball Tournaments this June! Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement event and fundraiser for Playworks Northern California that gets your team out of the office and onto the kickball field for team building, networking, and fun. Participating businesses spend an exciting afternoon seeking…

January 30, 2019

What’s Your Playsolution? ›

The Playworks San Francisco Advisory Board organized an amazing networking event on January 23. Hosted at Salesforce, Playsolution 2019 was an evening to bring young professionals together, raise awareness about Playworks, and inspire guests to get more involved in the play movement! Guests were welcomed with drinks and appetizers with time to connect with one…

January 25, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Throughout the Bay Area ›

On July 21, Playworks Northern California made it a day ON, not a day OFF. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday a national day of service. It was an honor to celebrate the day through service to our local communities. With three teams across the Bay Area, we were able…

January 2, 2019

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

December 19, 2018

Foundation Support Thanks to Community Call for Action ›

Playworks East Bay has received a grant from Chamberlin Family Foundation through the Foundation’s first ever community nominated grantmaking process. The Chamberlin Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking in public schools, teachers & leaders, and community advocacy to help every student in West Contra Costa have access to an excellent education. For the first time, the…

December 12, 2018

NBA Champions Celebrate Playworks ›

Through the #Hoops4Kids program, the Golden State Warriors donate $500 per made 3-point shot during the regular season to local organizations that work to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. Playworks Northern California is honored to be one of those chosen organizations. On November 26th our partnership was highlighted at Oracle Arena. The special evening…

December 4, 2018

Junior Coaches at Salesforce! ›

On November 14, 2018 at Salesforce West in San Francisco, we hosted a brand new learning experience for professionals and elementary school students alike. We brought together Playworks Junior Coaches, the Salesforce User Experience team, and a host of guests for deep discussion, fun games, and a career panel focused on the importance of diversity,…

October 25, 2018

Empowering Bay Area Girls and Relationships that Matter ›

On October 6 students from West Contra Costa and Oakland School Districts came together to practice basketball fundamentals at the Playworks East Bay Girls Basketball Jamboree. Stations focused on developing the defensive stance, free throw form, dribbling technique, and so much more! These Jamborees served as a kickoff event for our Girls Basketball League. Throughout…

October 18, 2018

Playworks Brings Families Together ›

On October 6, 2018, Playworks Northern California hosted our First Family Fun Run for Recess. The event was led by our Silicon Valley team and fostered families coming together in play and celebration. Moms, dads, kids and other family members had a super fun time jumping, running, and dodging through obstacles along the Fun Run like…

June 6, 2018

2018 Get in the Game Gala a Success ›

Thank You! A big thanks to everyone who came out to play with us at our 10th Annual Playworks Get in the Game Gala. It was a wonderful evening thanks to all of the amazing supporters who helped to make our fundraising efforts a success. Special thanks to this year’s host Andrew East, former Oakland Raider,…

May 31, 2018

Thank you to our Recess Rockstar, Francisco Sanchez ›

Kids gravitate towards Francisco, the at-risk supervisor, at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View, California. In addition to being a source of extra support for many students at the school, Francisco works closely with the Playworks coach and is out at every recess as a friend, teammate, and trusting adult.  After five years at Theuerkauf Elementary…

March 14, 2018

AmeriCorps Week Appreciations from Playworks East Bay ›

Meet our AmeriCorps coaches. They do amazing things every day! Susie Bowman Susie is a true Playworks rockstar. Susie came in as a mid-year hire and you would think she has been doing this for years! Susie truly embodies the AmeriCorps “get things done” mentality and has become an essential member of the Shannon Elementary…

March 9, 2018

Shaun Livingston and Ruthie Bolton Host Get Fit Friday ›

Shaun Livingston and Ruthie Bolton Host A Fantastic Get Fit Friday During the month of March, Kaiser Permanente and Playworks were excited to see Shaun Livingston, shooting guard for the Oakland Golden State Warriors, and Ruthie Bolton, two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA legend, stopped by to participate in the collaborative initiative Get Fit. The…

March 5, 2018

AmeriCorps Appreciation Week: Coach Michael ›

This week, we are celebrating our amazing AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Appreciation Week. All of our AmeriCorps members are getting things done on playgrounds across the Bay Area and they all have truly unique and inspiring stories. Coach Michael is an exemplary AmeriCorps member and a great asset to the Playworks Silicon Valley team. He…

February 15, 2018

Rachel Wyley Presented with State Farm Good Neighbor Award ›

On Tuesday, February 6, Playworks East Bay Executive Director Rachel Wyley was presented with the State Farm Good Neighbor Award on the court floor with the Warriors! The State Farm Good Neighbor Award is given to outstanding individuals who go above and beyond for their communities. Wyley was joined by the Playworks East Bay team, who…

January 22, 2018

Steph Curry Surprises Playworks Students at Get Fit Event ›

Emeryville, CA—January 22, 2018—Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry surprised Anna Yates Elementary students on the playground for a Get Fit event today. Get Fit is a collaborative initiative with the Golden State Warriors, Playworks, and Kaiser Permanente to educate Bay Area youth on the importance of healthy eating and active living. During Get Fit…

December 8, 2017

Introducing Warriors GetFit Fridays! ›

This year, Playworks, The Golden State Warriors, and Kaiser Permanente have a Bay Area-wide partnership to promote fitness and healthy eating. In order to make getting fit a lifelong habit, we have provided our partner schools an opportunity to advertise the benefits of getting fit and incentivize healthy behavior in a fun environment. Introducing . .…

October 18, 2017

10 Year Anniversary of Get Fit hosted by JaVale McGee ›

In order to mark the 10-year anniversary milestone of the Get Fit initiative, Kaiser Permanente, Playworks, and the Warriors enlisted the help of Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee. During Get Fit events, students in Playworks’ partner schools take a “time-out” to learn about healthy behavior—and of course, play! For the Get Fit 10th anniversary, McGee…

October 16, 2017

Play 60 at Laurel Elementary with the Oakland Raiders and Playworks ›

Laurel Elementary Receives a Visit from the Oakland Raiders and Playworks for a Play 60 Event Dodgeball and flag football were both part of the festivities that took place during a NFL Play 60 Event at Laurel Elementary School in Oakland, CA. Giorgio Tavecchio, placekicker for the Raiders, and Shilique Calhoun, a linebacker for the…

August 30, 2017

Story from the Playground: Coach Michael ›

Playworks Junior Coaches help our coaches facilitate recess, but more importantly, they learn how to lead, resolve conflicts, problem solve, and model positive behavior. Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program gives students a new sense of purpose and provides them with the resources to discover their best selves. Coach Michael explains how giving students more responsibility has allowed them to flourish…

August 30, 2017

Story from the Playground: Coach Blake ›

Playworks Junior Coaches help our coaches facilitate recess, but more importantly, they learn how to lead, resolve conflicts, problem solve, and model positive behavior. Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program gives students a new sense of purpose and provides them with the resources to discover their best selves. Coach Blake explains how the Junior Coach Leadership Program improved one student's…

August 30, 2017

Story from the Playground: Coach Ryan ›

Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Playworks coaches work hard to establish positive school environments and positively impact students' development through fun, safe play. The following story highlights Coach Ryan's most memorable and rewarding experience with Playworks.  Being a Playworks coach is one of the most fun and exciting jobs a person…

May 22, 2017

Virgin Sport Partners with Playworks ›

  On May 18, 2017, Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Sport CEO Mary Wittenberg announced the launch of Virgin Sport's US operations. Playworks joined the celebration as Virgin Sport's local Give Back partner. During the event, participants ran, pedaled, and stretched while discussing Virgin Sport's vision to get people moving. Playworks President Elizabeth Cushing took to the stage and announced Playworks'…

May 16, 2017

Get in the Game Gala 2017 ›

Playworks honored AmeriCorps at its Get in the Game benefit on May 12, 2017 in San Francisco. The event was hosted by Oakland Raiders Cornerback T.J. Carrie, who volunteers with Playworks at Parker Elementary School in Oakland. “It’s a distinct honor to recognize AmeriCorps by awarding the organization and its members for their tremendous service,” says…

March 3, 2017

Warriors’ Hoop4Kids and Playworks ›

Playworks is proud to work alongside the Golden State Warriors to ensure kids experience safe and healthy play every day. Through their initiative Hoops4Kids, Warriors achievements on the court benefit youth around the Bay Area. We are celebrating each Warriors 3-point basket this regular season. The more the Warriors score these 3-pointers, the more our…

March 1, 2017

AmeriCorps Appreciation Week 2017 ›

The East Bay office staff want to show their love for the AmeriCorps members who show up every day to make play possible on East Bay playgrounds. Here in the East Bay, we have 21 amazing AmeriCorps coaches and we’re excited for the opportunity to sincerely show our appreciation for their commitment to these communities! #AmeriCorpsWorks…

February 23, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Coach Chris Porter ›

This week we are celebrating our amazing AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Appreciation Week! All of our AmeriCorps members are getting things done on playgrounds across the Bay Area and they all have truly unique and inspiring stories. Here’s a story from AmeriCorps Coach Chris Porter: The fifth grade class at Spruce Elementary is bright and…

February 23, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Member Coach Joe ›

This week, we are celebrating our amazing AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Appreciation Week! All of our AmeriCorps members are getting things done on playgrounds across the Bay Area and they all have truly unique and inspiring stories. Here’s a story from Silicon Valley AmeriCorps Coach, Joe, who goes above and beyond to support a family…

November 28, 2016

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

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…

November 8, 2016

Warriors James Michael McAdoo Joins the Get Fit Movement ›

Golden State Warriors forward James Michael McAdoo joined our Playworks partner Lake Elementary and 425 students through an instructional and interactive clinic focusing on activities around physical fitness, healthy living, and nutrition. McAdoo and students cycled through four rotations: yoga, dance, basketball, and nutrition. McAdoo led students through the Get Fit pledge to encourage them…

October 18, 2016

Warriors’ Open Practice Unites Bay Area Community ›

Last Wednesday, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry accepted the Free Throw Percentage Champion Award from Playworks Junior Coach Kevin Escobar, a student at Highland Elementary in Richmond, CA. Playworks had the opportunity to publically thank the Warriors for their hard work this past season at the Warrior’s Open Practice event. Playworks Northern California joined thousands of fans to…

September 20, 2016

Raiders Participate in Playworks Recess ›

The Raiders participate in recess activities led by Playworks Coaches through out the school year. The Raiders have been giving back to our community and have been spreading safe and healthy play at our Playworks partnered schools. Watch the video here!

June 23, 2016

New Balance SparkStart Fitness Challenge ›

Playworks has teamed up with New Balance to offer the SparkStart Fitness Challenge across the nation. Students at Cesar Chavez participated in fitness challenges twice a week over the course of six weeks. San Francisco Giants third baseman, Matt Duffy, came to support the kids and their hard work for the closing ceremony event. Learn…

May 17, 2016

Get in the Game 2016 ›

Get in the Game 2016 in San Francisco a Rousing Success The San Francisco Metreon’s City View was rocking on the evening of May 13 as Playworks’ eighth annual Get in the Game event took over the venue. The event was attended by more than 400 supporters who foursquared and shot hoops in cocktail attire and heels…

April 13, 2016

Warriors Hoops For Kids Program to Donate $530,000 for Underserved Youth in the Bay Area ›

The Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with the Koret Foundation, Taube Family Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, continued the Hoops for Kids program this season, a program through which the Warriors achievements on the court support underserved youth in the Bay Area. Every Warriors three-pointer made during the 2015-16 regular season yields $500 toward eight…

February 9, 2016

Announcing the Playworks Store ›

The Playworks Store is now open! Promote play with Playworks shirts and swag, or give kids opportunities for safe, healthy play with playground equipment and games. All sales help Playworks leverage the power of play at schools across the country. Shop Now

January 26, 2016

Stephen Curry joins Kaiser Permanente and Playworks at Manzanita Community School ›

As part of NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, the Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, and Playworks held a Get Fit Time Out at Manzanita Community School in Oakland for 240 students on January 26. To celebrate the students completing the Winter Get Fit Challenge, NBA MVP and All-Star guard Stephen Curry and Warriors Assistant Coach…

November 9, 2015

Kindergarten Kickball ›

I have a Junior Coach who loves kickball. Absolutely adores it. He spends every recess—twice a day—fielding, kicking, and running the bases. If Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours theory is true, Julian should be a kickball master by the end of 5th grade. The only time he has not been able to play kickball has been,…

September 24, 2015

Playworks Gets Fit with the Golden State Warriors in Oakland ›

On September 23, the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente and learning and physical-health nonprofit Playworks visited Oakland’s Lincoln Elementary School for a Get Fit Time-Out to stress the importance of healthy eating and active living. Joining the three Oakland-based organizations was Warriors Guard Brandon Rush, who made a surprise visit with the…

August 17, 2015

Pasta Pomodoro Community Fundraising Program ›

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July 21, 2015

Welcome to Our New Program Manager David Sanchez ›

Hello everyone! I began my time with Playworks San Francisco in 2012 as our flex coordinator, entrusted with spreading best practices to coaches throughout the region. I soon transitioned to San Pedro Elementary in Marin, where I spent three highly gratifying school years dedicated to positively impacting school climate. Here I was able to witness…

March 6, 2015

Celebrating AmeriCorps Coach Kim ›

  This week at Playworks, we're celebrating AmeriCorps Week by appreciating our amazing AmeriCorps coaches. Here's a story showcasing one of our first-year AmeriCorps coaches, Coach Kim. Coach Kim is an incredibly dedicated AmeriCorps member and has been instrumental in establishing a strong school partnership with her school. This accomplishment has everything to do with the…

March 3, 2015

Jonathan Gets in the Game ›

Jonathan, a quiet and shy 4th grader, never played at recess. Through the gentle persistance of Coach Lisa, Jonathan eventually broke out of his shell and now plays four-square everyday!

January 30, 2015

Journal of School Health Confirms the Postive Impact of Playworks ›

This study found that Playworks led to a fundamental positive shift in school climate in the short time frame of one school year. The study also noted that a positive school climate has been linked to a host of favorable student outcomes, from attendance to achievement. In highlighting the crucial importance of a high-functioning recess, the…

December 17, 2014

Why We Play ›

Playworks is the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to support and improve children's physical and emotional health. Focusing on recess, Playworks programs provide an opportunity for every student to learn collaboration, teamwork, respect, and inclusion – all through safe, fun, healthy play at school every day.

October 30, 2014

Playworks Northern California Wins $100,000 Prize ›

  Playworks Northern California was named a winner of an online grant competition hosted by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers. The Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge sought local initiatives that tap the power of empathy to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change. Playworks Northern…

October 2, 2014

Touchdowns for Kids and the 49ers Foundation are Now Supporting Playworks! ›

49ers fans, cheer extra loud this season! Every time the Niners score a touchdown, field goal, or record an interception or sack this season a donation will be made to Playworks Northern California to support our program. The San Francisco 49ers have had great success on the field and off the field as well, thanks…

June 10, 2014

Olympic Gold-Medal Swimmer Missy Franklin Wows Playworks Kids at Bay Area School ›

More than 150 students at Bayview Elementary School  in San Pablo had the time of their lives on Tuesday, June 4th, as four-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin paid a visit to the school’s  Playworks recess. Joining Playworks and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Missy came to inspire the kids and encourage the healthy, inclusive…

February 7, 2014

AmeriCorps Coach of the Month Jennifer Holmes-Ledet ›

Playworks Northern California would like to honor Jennifer Holmes-Ledet of Fairmount Elementary for her outstanding service this month! She truly has embraced the AmeriCorps culture through her commitment to service in her school community. Here she highlights one of her proudest moments as an AmeriCorps program coordinator. As a Playworks coach, I lead and coach hundreds of kids…

October 11, 2013

Junior Coach of the Month – Eliana ›

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.…

April 23, 2013

Run for Recess 2013 Race Results ›

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S WINNERS: 1st Place Male: Kevin Yackle 2nd Place Male: Ivan Liben 1st Place Female: Elise Kelly2nd Place Female: Katie Suits  1st Place Girl: Vanessa Miller1st Place Boy: Ben Morgan (View photo gallery on Facebook) If you requested your time be recorded at registration, your time is listed below by bib numebr in order of finishing place. Run Times:…

April 23, 2013

Playworks’ 10th Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Come celebrate ten years of kickball fun! Join us Friday, June 7 from 11:30am-5:00pm at the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields in Golden Gate Park for a day filled with fun, teamwork, great food and drinks, and healthy competition. Corporate kickball team registration includes opportunities for networking (or friendly trash-talking), complimentary jerseys for all participants, lunch…

March 26, 2013

2013 Playworks 5K4Play ›

Celebrate the importance of fitness and the value of play! Sunday, May 5, 20138:00 amPortola Valley Playworks games for kids during the race! 

March 26, 2013

Playworks Silicon Valley Corporate Kickball Tournament 2013 ›

What do over 13,000 kids at 25 low-income schools in Silicon Valley have in common? They all receive safe, meaningful and inclusive play and physical activity everyday through Playworks! We welcome you and your company to join Playworks in an afternoon of nostalgia over green grass, a wide open field, and a big red bouncy…

March 19, 2013

Boys Basketball League ›

Slicon Valley boys finally got their chance on the court when the Playworks boys' basketball leagues tipped off. The boys learn some new skills and develop their existing ones with three leagues in the Silicon Valley (East San Jose, Downtown San Jose, & Sunnyvale). Along with getting their game on, the boys had a great…

February 15, 2013

From the Sidelines to the Playground ›

There is a first grader named Nelson at my school who rarely participated in games during recess. Even during Class Game Time, he would always try to blend in with the group and play as little as possible. Despite this, he was always extremely friendly and took to following me around and asking questions during…

February 14, 2013

Leadership and Sports Inspire Couple to Partner with Playworks ›

Dick and Lisa Cashin have a long history of investing in sports, kids and hard hit urban communities.  And now they’ve carried that over to the East Bay as Honorary Coaches partnered with Richmond’s Sheldon Elementary. After a legendary rowing career at Harvard, Dick, CEO of One Equity in New York City, went on to…

January 15, 2013

San Francisco Run for Recess – April 21, 2013 ›

WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 2013  WHERE: Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA Registration/Check in—  Pioneer Log Cabin Picnic Area (Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park) Playworks San Francisco is working with SFPD and San Francisco Recreation and Parks to support everyone’s safety at the event.  Bostonians are in our thoughts and hearts as we run in solidarity of…

December 11, 2012

Girls Basketball Scores Big ›

This year the Peninsula League hosted teams from nine schools from Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountatin View and Redwood City, equalling about 125 girls, every Tuesday in November and December.  The girls had a blast learning and playing basketball and making new friends.  Our coaches taught players skills, teamwork, and positive sporting behavior.  Each week there…

December 10, 2012

Play Works ›

Playworks is bringing the positive benefits of play to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the country. Through positive play and physical activity, we’re reducing bullying, decreasing transition time from recess to learning and supporting a stronger and healthier school climate.

December 5, 2012

Alum Rock Girls Basketball 2012 ›

Welcome to Alum Rock Girls’ Basketball!  This developmental league is geared toward fostering a basic understanding for the sport of basketball and building valuable skills such as teamwork and communication. It is our hope to influence each of our players to pursue the sport on a higher level later in life, while giving them a…

November 16, 2012

Liege Makes a Difference Night ›

Playworks East Bay invites you to join us for 'Liege Makes a Difference Night', a happy hour fundraiser supporting Playworks East Bay. Come thirsty and bring your friends, family, and colleagues. The more the merrier! We hope to see you there! When: Wednesday, November 28 Time: 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM Where: Liege Spiritis Lounge, 481…

November 2, 2012

Revolution Through 4-Square ›

When I began at Carver Elementary there was a lot of chaos on the playground. This chaos ostracized many kids from playing games. It seemed as though the students did not want to play four square or other games because of the negative vibes that surrounded these games. As the weeks progressed, the climate began…

September 25, 2012

Thousands Stand in Solidarity Against Bullying ›

Each year, San Francisco’s bustling South of Market (SOMA) district comes alive with thousands of individuals from the cloud computing industry.  The streets are closed and traffic redirected as hordes of  flood the streets to attend Salesforce.com's Dreamforce, one of the largest technology conferences in the country and a highly anticipated event.  Thanks to a…

September 21, 2012

Remembrance Day Service Project for 9/11 ›

Playworks Silicon Valley's 15 AmeriCorps members joined forces with HandsOn Bay Area and other volunteers to help spruce up a veteran's home in honor of 9/11. They painted, gardened, and decorated, as well as helped BBQ and serve food to the veterans once they finished sprucing! As our inagural service project for the new 2012-13…

September 21, 2012

Join us at the Playworks Community Health Fair ›

Please come join us for our first ever community Health Fair! If you’re interested in hosting a booth, volunteering or donating goods, please contact Jessica Williams.

September 4, 2012

Playworks East Bay Coaches Highlighted on CBS Morning News ›

CBS Bay Area News anchor Frank Mallicoat dropped by a Playworks Coach training to witness the making of the magic we call Playworks! Playworks  East Bay puts full-time, fully trained coaches in 33 low-income elementary schools in the East Bay. These rock star coaches transform school climate through through active, collaborative recess games, sports leagues…

September 4, 2012

Junior Coach Program at Lincoln Elementary in Richmond, CA ›

Check out this great video of Playworks at Lincoln Elementary in Richmond! A big thanks to the outstanding principal, Mimi Melodia, our amazing coach, Evelia Rameriz-Guerra all of the incredible Junior Coaches, and awesome parents for being a part of the video. Most importantly thank you for being part of the movement for play! You…

August 31, 2012

Granting Dreams by Gifting Bikes ›

Thanks to a joint project between Silicon Valley Bank and Playworks, 60 students from across the South Bay were able to receive brand spankin’ new bikes. The shiny bikes were donated by Silicon Valley Bank and built by volunteers from around the world. An exchange group from Youth Global Leaders (YGL), a cohort of individuals…

August 20, 2012

PG&E Playground Paint at Shore Acres Elementary ›

Saying goodbye to the summer can be hard to do. To ease the transition – Playworks teamed up with PG&E, Shore Acres Elementary and Bay Point. With Utilizing dozens of gallons of paint, rollers, brushes and over 50 participants- the group of volunteers transformed a drab and colorless playground into a bright and inviting place…

August 13, 2012

Come out and kick it for kids! ›

In partnership with WAKA and San Francisco Recreation and Park, Playworks is hosting Kick it for Kids, a community kickball tournament on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 12-5pm at Balboa Park in San Francisco.   All proceeds from the event go to support Playworks programming bringing play and physical activity to local elementary schools and…

July 27, 2012

Sip, Stomp, and Play 2012 [UPDATE] ›

We regret to inform you that the 3rd Annual Sip, Stomp, and Play Harvest Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 29 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, an unusually lean yield of grapes has forced us to cancel the event. No grapes. No stomp. Bummer. If you have already purchased tickets, we will be in touch with you about a…

June 13, 2012

Corporate Kickball Raises Thousands for San Francisco Schools ›

San Francisco’s annual Corporate Kickball tournament was a smash hit this year, bringing together 11 local companies from across the Bay Area for a fun day filled with friendly competition, cheer-offs and high fives. Through the sponsorship of 24 Hour Fitness, Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, Cupertino Electric, DPR Construction, Holland & Knight, Hot Studio, Metrovation, Salesforce,…

May 23, 2012

Junior Coach Appreciation Day Honors Tomorrow’s Leaders ›

After a successful year of leadership training, Playworks’ junior coaches were honored and celebrated in a day-long event filled with food, fun and games at Longfellow Elementary School. Longfellow’s playground was quickly transformed into a whirlwind of excitement as more than 200 junior coaches celebrated the culmination of their training.  The flow of the day…

May 8, 2012

AmeriCorps members spruce up Evergreen Acres Farm ›

AmeriCorps members from Playworks Silicon Valley recently participated in a day of service. The group spent the day sprucing up the new site for the petting zoo and farm, clearing space for the livestock and chickens to roam. Occasionally we took a break to hang out with the ponies and Jax, the friendly farm pup! 

May 8, 2012

Playworks’ Second Annual Run for Recess Was a Stunning Success! ›

Due to the support and participation of the entire San Francisco Playworks community, our Second Annual Run for Recess 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run was a fantastic success! We could not have been blessed with more perfect weather: warm rays from the early morning sun burned through the remaining fog, providing us with excellent…

May 8, 2012

East Bay Junior Coach Leadership Conference Brings Out the Best ›

Playworks East Bay celebrated and acknowledged our junior coaches at the 2nd Annual Junior Coach Leadership Conference (JCLC). Nearly 200 junior coaches and Playworks staff spent a fun filled and informative Saturday on the UC Berkeley campus with the Cal Football team. The conference kicked off with a variety of workshops ranging in topics that…

May 4, 2012

Playworks Playground Paint ›

Clean, safe playgrounds are vital for fun and inclusive play! Partnering with Harvard Alumni Association as part of their Global Month of Service, Playworks has organized a fun and important service project where we will work to revitalize the playground of World and Achieve Academy in Oakland. We invite you to join Harvard alumni, Playworks…

April 16, 2012

Meet Jonathan: An Outstanding Junior Coach ›

Jonathan Avila is a fifth grade student at World and Achieve Academy in Oakland, where he’s been a Junior Coach since the beginning of the school year. On a recent sunny afternoon, Coach Jonathan and I sat down together on the playground to talk about the roles, responsibilities and challenges of being a Junior Coach.…

April 16, 2012

The Second Annual Junior Coach Youth Leadership Conference ›

To improve school climate and alleviate playground chaos, Playworks provides each of our partner schools with a youth leadership training program. These youth leaders, or Junior Coaches, are students who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and serve as role models on our playgrounds each and every day. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for…

March 30, 2012

Junior Coaches Hone Their Leadership Skills ›

In partnership with Academy of Art University (AAU), youth leaders from across the Bay Area gathered at The Cannery to celebrate their leadership roles. The Cannery was teeming with inspiration as AAU student-athletes teamed up with Playworks coaches to serve as positive, influential role models for this generation of leaders. Junior Coaches honed their leadership…

March 29, 2012

Boys Basketball Extravaganza ›

It’s a warm Saturday. There are no classes today, but the atmosphere around the playground at Buena Vista / Horace Mann School is electric – a cacophony of bouncing basketballs, hi-five slaps, and excited voices. I’m sitting among a group of 4th and 5th grade boys, listening in as Coach Wayne delivers his prompt: “So,”…

March 8, 2012

AmeriCorps members have fun volunteering! ›

We had joy, we had fun playing in the sun. It was a great time for everyone. Silicon Valley's  first AmeriCorps driven service project for the month of March kicked off with a lot of fun as the AmeriCorps team had a great time sharing and teaching games to kids and their parents at a…

March 8, 2012

AmeriCorps and Our City Forest join to plant trees ›

Some of Playworks' Silicon Valley AmeriCorps members teamed up with Our City Forest to plant some trees in the Silver Creek neighborhood of San Jose. Bringing their green thumbs and grabbing some shovels, they dug deep new homes for the trees to lay their roots!  

March 5, 2012

Join us at the Pacific Therx 5k4Play run ›

JOIN US at the Pacific THERx 5K4Play, benefitting Playworks Silicon Valley Celebrate the importance of physical fitness and value of play by running or walking the Pacific THERx 5K4Play on Saturday, May 12. What:  A family-friendly 5K run or walk along an out and back course in beautiful Portola Valley, hosted by the Pacific THERx…

January 31, 2012

Girls Basketball Extravaganza (Sherman Oaks) ›

Participants in our Girls Basketball league spent an afternoon learning and practicing basketball skills. A group of about 70 girls came to Sherman Oaks Elementary where 12 of our AmeriCorps members coached them in dribbling, passing, and shooting. We began with a warm up and ended with a great big cheer, looking forward to the…

January 31, 2012

Girls Flag Football ›

Held at Shirakawa Elementary in San Jose, 18 teams of approximately 8-10 girls each, came together for a day of flag football! Our AmeriCorps members did a great job both coaching and reffing for this event, in which all participants got a chance to play the game, meet someone new from another school, and exert…

January 31, 2012

Co-Ed Soccer Jamboree ›

Teams from 14 different schools came together at Hughes Elementary in Santa Clara to enjoy a lovely day of soccer games! Girls and boys from across Silicon Valley enjoyed lots of running, playing, scoring, and of course, FUN!

January 11, 2012

AmeriCorps Service Day – San Jose Heritage Rose Garden ›

For our first AmeriCorps driven service project, the team spent a gorgeous morning learning all about one of the best kept secrets in Silicon Valley, the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden located right next to the airport. After getting a brief lesson on the history of the garden, the team took on the task of…

December 16, 2011

Corporate engagement, team building and volunteer opportunities ›

Corporate Recess is a fun and active teambuilding that takes your employees from the office to the playground. Developed by Playworks, the national leader in play, Corporate Recess is customized for you by our local experts. It engages your staff in lively playground games that promote trust, collaboration, teamwork and conflict resolution – key skills that…

December 9, 2011

Helping San Francisco, One Toy at a Time ›

Many think fondly of the holiday season, looking back to happy childhood memories of family, good food, and new toys. However, for many underprivileged children in San Francisco, this is not always the case. In classic holiday spirit, Gregg Lynn, Derek Barnes, and Arthur Goodrich, friends and former colleagues of our executive director Ellen Goodman,…

December 9, 2011

Playworks Celebrates at the Barrel House ›

Playworks San Francisco still knows how to throw the best party to herald the oncoming holiday season. On December 2nd, a former speakeasy known as The Barrel House donated its space for an incredible evening of live music, dancing, drinking, and games. Four square, a staple of Playworks coaches everywhere, drew adults and children almost…

December 9, 2011

A Great Daniel Webster Story ›

Rio did not know any English when he started attending second grade at Daniel Webster. Since no one else at the school spoke Japanese, he didn’t say much. During his first two weeks, I would often see him standing by the play structure looking lost during recess. I would go over to him and encourage…

December 9, 2011

Playworks Girls’ Basketball Builds Skills and Community ›

When I arrived at Buena Vista-Horace Mann Community School, I immediately found Ateneza, a student of Dr. Charles Drew Alternative School, enthusiastically playing a game of one on one with Coach Wayne while waiting for the Playworks girls’ basketball extravaganza to begin. The extravaganza, which took place on October 22nd, is an annual event run…

November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks for the Playground ›

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. -Plato Here are of our favorite some stories from the playground this year – anecdotes written by a few of our 1st-year Program Coordinators (also AmeriCorps members) that keep us thankful for the playground and opportunities for…

November 23, 2011

PG&E recharges local playgrounds ›

Hundreds of hours of sweat, laughter and dedication produced two completely transformed playgrounds for 3 local schools, as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) teamed up with our staff and other community members to commemorate Make a Difference Day. A brightly painted playground is not only more engaging but it is safer. In our partner schools,…

November 7, 2011

SF Corporate Kickball Tournament 2012 ›

Save the date!June 8, 2012Beach Chalet Fields, Golden Gate Park Proceeds support children by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to Bay Area schools. Fore more information, please contact: Emma Rapperapp@playworks.org415.814.1353

November 7, 2011

Run for Recess 2012 ›

Thank you for your interest in Playworks San Francisco Run for Recess.  Online registration is now closed. To register for our 5k Run or 1 mile Fun Run please come to our registration table at Stow Lake Drive and JFK Blvd. starting at 8am, Saturday, April 21st. Thank you again and we look forward to…

November 1, 2011

School Bus to Sonoma ›

Limousine Winebus Tasting and Fundraiser   Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011   Place: Sonoma, CA   Cost: $125 per person,   Schedule: 08:15 – 09:00 Departing @ 9am from SF Playworks HQ, 650 5th Street, San Francisco, CA   10:15 – 11:30 Viansa Winery – 10% off wine purchases   12:00 – 14:00 Sebastiani Vineyards…

October 26, 2011

Make a Difference Day Service Project ›

Our AmeriCorps members continued to serve their community and make an impact by partnering with The Native Garden organization at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose. We broke into teams pulled weeds to protect the infilatration of the native plants within the area and used wheelbarrows and pitchforks to move an eight foot mountain of…

October 26, 2011

Bringing Playworks to the Streets ›

It is often said that a Playworks Coach's real office is the playground. On Sunday, September 11th, twelve coaches created a new, temporary office right in the middle of Western Addition, as part of the larger event series – Sunday Streets. Sunday Streets is an event during which a large, temporary public space is created…

October 26, 2011

Rock Band for Charity ›

It goes without saying that taking a group of people – people whose office is a school playground – to a bar event will result in an absolutely incredible time. Playworks SF hosted a fantastic party at the Red Devil Lounge on October 6th, with live music by DJ Shindog and the 80s cover band,…

October 26, 2011

Oracle Open World Conference ›

In our modern, tech-saturated lives, many old-fashioned pleasures get overlooked. One is the simple pleasure of receiving a hand-written letter with your name on it. Another is the feeling of starting a new school year ready, with brand new school supplies. Many of today's kids do not get to experience these simple joys with the…

October 12, 2011

Local business women team with Playworks ›

Heidi Marchesotti, Highland Partners Real Estate and Ruth Stroup Insurance Agency are sponsoring a play ground clean-up and paint at Hillcrest school with the proceeds going to support Playworks coaches in local low-income elementary schools. The Hillcrest community has a history of community engagement through the Hillcrest Helps Out campaign.  As a matter of fact, on…

October 12, 2011

PG&E and Playworks Team up to Celebrate National Service Day ›

More than 80 PG&E employees and their families will roll-up their sleeves to clean-up and paint two East Bay elementary school Playgrounds on Saturday October 22 in honor of the National Service Day.  Playworks is thrilled to partner with PG&E employees on this fun and important project.  A brightly painted playground is not only more…

October 10, 2011

Day of Service at Full Circle Farms ›

Our lovely AmeriCorps team spent a day out on the farm at Full Circle Farms, in Sunnyvale, CA. They put their backs into it and harvested (and sampled along the way) fresh fruits and veggies and also helped dig trenches for new irrigation lines. On their breaks they also played with the chickens! The Full…

August 26, 2011

Rock Band for Charity ›

Playworks San Francisco Rock Band for Charity event will be held Thursday, October 6, 8:30 pm -12:30 am at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Put on your dancing shoes and come see a live performance by Notorious and DJ Shindog from New Wave City. This event will help raise awareness and fund support for…

August 22, 2011

Welcome to New Staff ›

John Quinn Program Manager John Quinn is the program manager for Playworks San Francisco and has been with the organization for six years. After graduating from UC Davis, John started as a program coordinator in Alameda, CA. After two strong years in the field, he was promoted to program manager in the East Bay office.…

August 22, 2011

Coaches Go Back to School ›

If you walked into a room full of adults playing games from their days on the playground, would it even occur to you that serious training was in progress? When Playworks San Francisco needs to train its coaches for the upcoming year, we do so with games and interactive workshops. You might think that all…

August 22, 2011

Coaches Go Back to School ›

If you walked into a room full of adults playing games from their days on the playground, would it even occur to you that serious training was in progress? When Playworks San Francisco needs to train its coaches for the upcoming year, we do so with games and interactive workshops. You might think that all…

August 19, 2011

Turning Parking Lots Into Playgrounds ›

Imagine a large gray parking lot covered in old, nearly faded white lines. The boring, monotonous landscape is not something we would want our children to consider their play area, but for most children in San Francisco, it is. This summer corporate volunteers from Salesforce and the Rotary Club of San Francisco, in partnership with…

August 10, 2011

Sip, Stomp & Play 2011 ›

Celebrate the harvest and do your part to protect opportunities for play and physical activity for East Bay students! Join us and Urban Legend Cellars for Sip, Stomp & Play 2011, a family-friendly event supporting our efforts to preserve safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity for children attending under-resourced elementary schools in the…

August 8, 2011

Join a Fit Rave with Playworks! ›

For three Saturdays this fall Jack London Square will be transformed into the ultimate workout locale! The Bay Area’s finest instructors and trainers will lead a total-body workout in stations including yoga, strength, core and spinning, to music performed by a live DJ. Convert your own standard or mountain bike for a stationary workout.  Bike…

July 20, 2011

School Bus to Sonoma ›

"Two-thirds Baked"       Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011   Place: Sonoma, CA   Cost: $125 per person,       * Registration closed   Due to popular demand we have scheduled a second wine tour for Saturday, December 3                             Click…

July 11, 2011

Playworks SF Promotes Play at Conference ›

Going to a business conference is a lot like being back in class – lectures, listening, note taking, and a lot of people you don't know. Four hours in, and you're staring at the clock. Your mind wanders. You just want the day to be over so that you can head to the bar or…

July 11, 2011

Second Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

A hundred professional business people stepped outside of their respective offices, replaced their suits with shorts – in one case a hot dog costume – and joined the staff of Playworks San Francisco in a kickball tournament, full of fun and excitement. There was enthusiastic cheering, good food, good beer, and most importantly, fun had…

July 11, 2011

Smiles, Teambuilding, and Shiny New Bikes ›

Do you remember your first bike? Remember the feeling? What if you could give that experience to a child who might never otherwise have that chance? What if you could give them that shiny new bicycle? Bahia Vista is one of the elementary schools that partners with Playworks San Francisco, and the majority of their…

May 3, 2011

Playworks Refreshed after Retreat in Marin Headlands ›

On Friday, March 25th, Playworks San Francisco took advantage of the SFUSD furlough day to invite all staff up to Marin County for the annual staff retreat.  It was a day of reflection, conversation, and in true Playworks spirit, lots of games.  In the morning, Playworks office staff and program coordinators participated in an in-depth…

May 3, 2011

Peace Path Builds Friendships at Starr King Elementary ›

Recently at Starr King, we began placing a much higher emphasis on conflict resolution and anti-bullying.  Last week I had some pretty significant behavioral issues with two kindergartners, who I'll call Kayla and Jasmine. These two young ladies are both incredibly sharp but tend to find ways to push each other’s buttons. Over the course…

May 3, 2011

Salesforce Funds San Mateo Expansion ›

What began as a bike build for Jigsaw, a company recently required by Salesforce, turned into quite a treat for kids at Sunnybrae Elementary School in San Mateo, CA.  Jigsaw’s offices are right around the corner from Sunnybrae. Employees were eager to work in another side of the community in which they work– 57% of…

April 28, 2011

2011 Playworks Bay Area Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Its back! Our popular annual tournament celebrating a treasured playground game is back and better than ever. 24-Hour Fitness, Wells Fargo, the Oakland Fire Department and Microsoft are just some of the companies who have participated in this fun day in the sunshine supporting our anti-bullying and anti-obesity efforts while also creating a valuable team-building…

April 28, 2011

Promoting a Healthy Community: Oakland Playground Painting Service Project ›

Clean, safe playgrounds are vital for fun, inclusive play! Partnering with the Stanford University Alumni Association’s Beyond the Farm Service Day, Playworks Oakland/East Bay has organized a fun, and important service project revitalizing the outdoor play fields at Franklin Elementary. We invite you to join Stanford alums, Playworks staff, student families and the school’s administration…

March 8, 2011

Playworks’ Junior Coach Conference a Blast for Kids ›

Sherman Elementary was descended upon by 150 4th and 5th graders from 18 elementary schools across San Francisco and Marin County when Playworks took full advantage of the SFUSD furlough day supplying an opportunity for students in our Junior Coach Program to receive training on conflict resolution, inclusion on the yard, learn new games, and make…

March 8, 2011

USDA Leaders Join Students as they Celebrate Let’s Move! ›

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2011 – USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today joined San Francisco Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza in a tour of E.R. Taylor Elementary School to see how the school exemplifies First Lady Obama's Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity…

March 8, 2011

Giants’ Success Inspires Coach Kim and Fairmount Elementary ›

For most kindergartners, recess is a new concept. On the first day of the school year, they often come out to the yard with wide, bright, and confused eyes. They see the play structure and most of them immediately gravitate toward it. Fortunately, I have first graders on the yard during the same recess, so some kindergartners followed…

March 1, 2011

Playworks Silicon Valley Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament 2011 ›

Support kids in Silicon Valley Build your team Compete for bragging rights Date: Friday, June 10, 2011Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.Location: Twin Creek Sports Complex,969 Carrien Drive,Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Proceeds support children by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to Silicon Valley schools. For more information: Phuoc Nguyenemail: pnguyen [at] playworks [dot] org,phone:…

February 23, 2011

Playworks Silicon Valley League Updates ›

Co-ed Soccer Jamboree More than 12 dozen boys and girls from Playworks schools played in a round-robin tournament at Hughes Elementary school on a fall day in October. We had parents, teachers, and friends come out and support all the players while our 19 AmeriCorps members refereed and helped coach all of our great players. Although…

February 1, 2011

Coach Matt Combats Four Square Fears ›

“There is a third-grader at my school that loves to play four square. In fact, she plays it almost every recess. This, however, was not always the case. You see, three weeks ago this same little girl was standing five feet behind the four square line with a rather intense look on her face.  Obviously,…

February 1, 2011

Meet Jerry Sherman: Playworks SF’s newest Board Member ›

“In 2004, my oldest son, Peter, was diagnosed with autism. Over the years, seeing Peter grow and attend school, my wife and I realized that many of Peter’s biggest challenges would not come in the structured environment of the classroom, but in the unstructured environment of the playground. So when I first heard about Playworks,…

February 1, 2011

Urban School Students Ready to Play ›

Playworks has launched an exciting partnership with the service learning department of The Urban School of San Francisco.  Through classroom discussion, community projects, and self-reflection, Urban students become responsible, resourceful citizens with a sense of personal, social, and political awareness.  Playworks will place these high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in 4-5 week projects in…

January 4, 2011

Basketball Extravagan-tastic! ›

More than 200 aspiring basketball stars joined Playworks for our 12th annual Girls Basketball Extravaganza. Kids participated in skill-building activities and games for the better part of two hours while supportive family and community members cheered them on. Special thanks to all of the coaches and staff that ran the event; parents, relatives and friends who…

December 21, 2010

Dreamforce Making Holiday Dreams Come True ›

Sixty-five Playworks students from Starr King Elementary and Edison Charter Academy received brand new bikes during yet another successful Bike Build Event.  The build was part of a kick-off celebration for Salesforce.com Executives during Dreamforce last week. Under the lofty ceilings of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, 30 Salesforce Executives built bikes in…

December 21, 2010

Juntas, Juntas! Buena Vista Cheers up the Season ›

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,…

December 21, 2010

Blogger Spotlight: Alex Brasfield on Play ›

I talk to a lot of parents. It is, I feel, a necessary aspect of my role as a Program Coordinator. Part of it has to do with the fact that the Playworks program is a multifaceted one: I’m currently teaching several enrichment classes during the day, running an after-school program four days a week,…

December 21, 2010

Recessitate makes a splash at Children’s Expo ›

Board member Ruth Beauchamp launched her company’s first product. recessitate, instant tools to refresh your class, this month at the National Association of Education of Young Children’s expo in Anaheim, California. Ruth decorated and staffed her booth in traditional Playworks style.  Equipped with foursquare balls and handouts, Ruth introduced Playworks to hundreds of educators who…

December 21, 2010

Rain or Shine, Playworks Plays Ball ›

 There was much excitement leading up to the Girls Basketball Fiesta at Bahia Vista Elementary on Saturday, December 4th.  After all, it was the first Playworks event held in Marin County. Not only were the players pumped for the event, but school staff got involved as well.  Teachers, support staff, after school coordinators and even…

December 21, 2010

Parent Coaches Transforming Recess ›

Over 25 Parent Coaches run games and help students at Sherman Elementary resolve conflicts every week.  With such success at Sherman, Playworks is launching Parent Coach programs in partnership with PTAs at two more under-resourced schools.  These programs are not only increasing parent involvement but are highlighting the importance of recess and play for elementary…

December 1, 2010

Playworks Partners with Raiders ›

In collaboration with the Oakland Raiders and the NFL’s Play 60 campaign, Playworks has been selected as a community partner in the fight against childhood obesity. Playworks bolstered Play 60’s Thanksgiving weekend by running games of four square, tag, relay races and more for hundreds of kids during the pre-game festivities. Additionally, Playworks East Bay…

October 29, 2010

Playworks Serves on National Day of Service! ›

Playworks served with Habitat For Humanity on the National Day of Service to help repaint houses and build a fence around an East Oakland low-income housing community. Check out some of the photos for that captured a day of giving back while having fun at the same time! If you're interested in volunteering with us,…

October 27, 2010

Cisco Playmakers Support Playworks 3-Fold! ›

Teaming up with Cisco, Playworks Silicon Valley hosted its 2nd Cisco Playmakers Day of Service. More than 30 volunteers came out to participate in this one-day event. The certified ‘Playmakers’ learned the history of Playworks, fun group games, and then headed out to four of our 32 schools located within Silicon Valley. It was a great day…

October 7, 2010

San Francisco Board Members ›

After serving San Francisco schools for eight years, the SF office launches its first Board of Directors.  Meet our inaugural Board below: Ruth Beauchamp Ruth is a self proclaimed “evangelist of engaging learners.”  Her company, Oranda, is launching its first product: RECESSITATE, instant tools that refresh your class this fall.  When not enterprising, Ruth teaches…

October 6, 2010

Weekly Kickball for the Playful Soul ›

Wednesday night kickball with coworkers is the best way to conclude a day of play. Even after four recesses, three class game times, and a two-hour training at our 18 elementary schools across San Francisco, our Coaches still have the energy and playful spirit to participate in a World Adult Kickball Association league.  WAKA has…

October 6, 2010

Kids Get Their Kick on at Alice Chalmers Park ›

What a day for kickball! With sunny skies, temperatures reaching almost 80 degrees, a grassy field filled with Playworks coaches and students there were smiles all around. On a warm September Saturday, Playworks held a kickball jamboree for the students of our 18 San Francisco elementary schools. Families, students, and a plethora of Playworks staff joined together for…

October 6, 2010

Recess Playground Makeovers, Playworks Style ›

In partnership with Advent Software, Coverity and Salesfore.com,  Playworks is painting the recess playground at all our partner schools this year.  Side by side with our corporate volunteers, we are changing the landscape of our schools and brightening our neighborhoods.  With lines and colors on the playground more kids play and kids play a larger variety of…

October 6, 2010

Playworks Coaches Rock Pre-Service Training ›

Similar to a kindergartener on the first day of school, Playworks new class of coaches walked into the first day of Playworks’ pre-srvice training with backpacks full, sharpened pencils, and high expectations.  Was a week of training really necessary to teach the basics of kickball and four square? Within the first hour of training the coaches…

September 28, 2010

Playworks Teams up with San Jose Sharks ›

On Monday, September 20th, Playworks Silicon Valley teamed up with the Sharks Foundation, San Jose Shark's Joe Pavelsko, and the Good Tidings Foundation.  Special thanks to the Good Tidings Foundation who constructed a street hockey court at Franklin Elementary School in San Jose. With the project now complete, Pavelsko was joined by teammates to battle…

September 24, 2010

First Annual Playworks Grape Stomp ›

Urban Legend Cellars Presents: 1st Annual Playworks Grape Stomp Saturday Oct 23rd 1- 6PM @ the winery Wine, Food (Paul's Paella, vegan and regular) , Music by DJ Garlynn & Patti Cakes, mutilated grapes, plus instant tie-dye**, and a kid friendly event! (Bring white clothing or Trash The Dress special $10 for two + photographer, includes…

September 15, 2010

AmeriCorps 9/11 National Day of Service ›

On Saturday, September 11th, Playworks Silicon Valley paired up with InnVision Villa in downtown San Jose, for a National Day of Service. InnVision Villa is a transitional housing center for women and children. InnVision empowers homeless and at-risk families & individuals to gain stability by providing housing, food, and programs that promote self-sufficiency. In the…

September 10, 2010

Cisco Play-makers make Recess a Success! ›

 On Friday, September 27th, Playworks Silicon Valley hosted their very first Corporate Volunteer Day. Fourteen employees from Cisco came out to volunteer their day to be our first official group of Silicon Valley Play-makers. After two hours of learning interactive games and activities, the volunteers headed out to schools across Silicon Valley to interact with…

July 28, 2010

Playworks Teams Up with 24 Hour Fitness for “Fit to Play Day”! ›

Playworks teamed up with 24 Hour Fitness on June 10, 2010, to participate in "Fit to Play Day." This day of service and training kicked-off with a two hour, fun and intensive PLAY training led by Playworks staff. Over 100 24 Hour Fitness staff members learned the basics of play philosophy, learning games and strategies…

July 12, 2010

Four Square with Football Giants ›

Buffalo Bills Running Back Marshawn Lynch and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Josh Johnson cherry bombed and roshamboed alongside Playworks staff at an appreciation reception Saturday, July 10th at the Vitamin Water Social Club as the culmination of a long, fun weekend.Playworks was the recipient of all the proceeds from Octagon Sports' Family First Football Camp…

July 12, 2010

Bottomless Margarita Fiesta at Chevy’s ›

On June 4th, the extended Playworks San Francisco community gathered at Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant on Van Ness to celebrate the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Over 200 people attended the event, energetically crowding the back half of the restaurant. Program Coordinators, Playworks office staff, teachers, parents, guardians, kids, and friends all were found laughing…

July 12, 2010

Google Revamps Recess at ER Taylor Elementary ›

30 Google employees and Playworks staff descended on the bleak and faded playground at ER Taylor Elementary Tuesday, June 8th.  We kicked off the day with some recess playground basics like 4-square and circle dodgeball and then got to work.   With the help of Hands on Bay Area and Kelley Moore Paints, our team…

July 12, 2010

Corporate Team Building with a Kick ›

Fourteen teams of corporate employees escaped their cubicles and dusted off their cleats to participate in Playworks’ 6th Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament on June 18th.  Teams included 24 Hour Fitness, Advent, DPR Construction Inc., Coverity Inc., Cupertino Electric Inc., Fitness Anywhere, Holland & Knight, Hot Studio, Lululemon, Plum District, Revolution Foods, and WAKA San Francisco.…

June 28, 2010

2010 Playworks Silicon Valley Kickball Tournament Huge Success ›

The Second Annual Playworks Corporate Kickball tournament was a big success!  We had some great corporate teams this year: Microsoft; Cisco; All Stars; Cupertino Electric; Trader Joes; El Camino Hospital; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Live Ops and Silver Spring Networks. Big high-fives and special thanks go out to our big sponsor two years in a row, Kaiser Permanente San…

May 14, 2010

First Annual Sourdough Cup Kicks off Playworks Staff Retreat ›

As the school year comes to a close, Playworks staff and Americorps members met at the Headlands Institute by Rodeo Beach Friday, April 23rd for our annual staff retreat. 2010 marked the inaugural year of the Sourdough Cup, where the Playworks team competes individually in fun, cooperative games for points.After a morning of training on…

May 14, 2010

Four Square and Fine Dining ›

Playworks' own Bill Vanark, Ellen Goodman, and Emma Rapp brought old school recess to San Francisco's culinary elite on April 29th.  At Share Our Strength's annual Taste of the Nation fundraising event in the Clubhouse at AT&T Park, we had party-goers reliving their youth on the four-square court.  Proceeds from the event went to support…

May 12, 2010

Playworks takes San Francisco for a Spin ›

Fifty-five Playworks students received brand new bikes at yet another successful Community Bike Build Event, organized in partnership with the Rotary Club of San Francisco. On one of the warmest days San Francisco has seen all season, close to 90 volunteers built bikes in record time. Lunch followed, provided by Kinder’s Meats and Deli, as…

May 12, 2010

Roof-top Recess Brings Light to SF Cubicles ›

Proving the point that you can play 4-square anywhere, the SF Team ran recess with 18 Salesforce employees on Tuesday, April 20th atop an office building high above downtown San Francisco. Using our arsenal of core games like Switch, Cookie Monster, and Circle Dodgeball we brought leadership development and team building to 18 software engineers.…

March 8, 2010

Record turnout for Junior Coach Conferences! ›

Playworks Junior Coaches – those 4th and 5th grade students best known for wearing bright purple shirts on the playground – came out in full force for a pair of Junior Coach Conferences in early March. The conferences are a celebration of these young leaders, who make their schools and communities better places by helping…

March 5, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a Success! ›

Playworks partnered with Kaiser Permanente employees and community members to volunteer and help community organizations to restore the Gilroy Community Greenhouse located on the Gilroy High School Campus. Our efforts that day made a big difference for the overall health of the Gilroy community. Thanks to all of our wonderful staff, AmeriCorp volunteers, and Kaiser…

March 1, 2010

Playworks Builds Bikes ›

Thanks to a joint project with Old Navy, San Francisco Urban Riders, and Variety Children's Charity, 120 students from Playworks' Cleveland Elementary School now have shiny new bikes. The bikes were donated and built by Old Navy employees who gathered at the downtown San Francisco Hilton for their annual conference. Playworks San Francisco Executive Director Ellen…

February 9, 2010

Playworks’ Alumni of the Month ›

Playworks is proud to announce John Moore and the Alumni of the Month for March! John Moore was a site director at Horace Mann Elementary School in downtown San Jose for 2 years. He loved everything about his time there. To this day, he tells people that it was the best job/experience of his life.…

October 9, 2009

Kickball Tourney Focuses on Fun, Teamwork ›

On a crisp, sunny October Saturday, Playworks San Francisco held its annual kickball jamboree at Paul Revere Preparatory Academy. Hosting teams from four different SFUSD elementary schools, more than 45 students came to show off their kicking, catching, and sprinting skills. Focusing on pool play, the teams from Cleveland, E.R. Taylor and George Peabody Elementary Schools, and…

June 12, 2009

2010 Silicon Valley Corporate Kickball Tournament ›

Playworks Silicon Valley is proud to announce the annual 2010 Playworks Silicon Valley Corporate Kickball Tournament. Happening June 11, 2010 from 12 – 5pm at the Twin Creek Sports Complex, kickball teams representing companies and organizations from around the area will gather for the Second Annual Playworks Silicon Valley Corporate Kickball Tournament. Representatives from all…

June 5, 2009

Bay Area Companies Help Playworks Kick off the Summer ›

Playworks Bay Area kicked off the summer on June 12th, when kickball teams representing eight companies from around the area gathered for the 7th Annual Playworks Corporate Kickball Tournament. Representatives from all levels of the companies joined in the full day event, which featured a catered lunch, music, and four games of kickball for each…