Playworks Pacific Northwest

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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October 20, 2020

Sport Oregon Supports Playworks with Medford2Medford Virtual Run Event ›

Over the summer, our friends at Sport Oregon hosted an event called Medford2Medford. This long-standing running event attracts runners to put their endurance to the test and help fundraise for nonprofits of their choosing. It went virtual this year! 3,000 miles later and with the help of many generous supporters, Playworks PACNW received a check…

October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…

The 2020 Bud Award

September 28, 2020

Playworks Pacific Northwest Receives The 2020 Bud Award ›

Playworks increases access to athletic participation for kids at low-income elementary schools in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. They also engaged 300 students in their junior coach youth leadership program and provided 336 students with opportunities to participate in developmental sports leagues after school.

September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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PO Box 15037
Portland, OR 97293

t: 971.213.2679
f: 503.345.6687

   

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