Updates

March 2, 2015

The Honorary Junior Coach ›

In celebration of AmeriCorps week, I want to share a story of an honorary Junior Coach, who I have had the pleasure to work with in the past 6 months. As an AmeriCorps member working in a low income school in Portland, I work with more than 450 kids from all different backgrounds.  Jose* is…

January 8, 2015

A Slam Dunk Extravaganza! ›

Teams from all 20 Playworks partner schools joined together to learn new skills, meet new friends, and get in the game at the 6th Annual 4th & 5th Grade Girls’ Basketball Extravaganza hosted at the University of Portland Chiles Center. The morning started off with stretches and a visit from our the Portland Trail Blazers…

October 22, 2014

Trail Blazers and Playworks Partner to Make it Better for Every Kid ›

Playworks is collaborating with the Portland Trail Blazers as part of five make it better community partners throughout the 2014-15 season. The five Trail Blazers make it better partners include Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Portland, Playworks, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), and Urban League of Portland. The Portland…

October 22, 2014

5 Years of Play in the Pacific Northwest! ›

2009-2010 Playworks opens the Portland office on June 30, 2009 Starts partnerships with 8 schools in the Portland metro area and adds a 9th school mid-year 7 AmeriCorps members serving the Portland area KATU features Playworks at Woodlawn School in NE Portland 2010-2011 Playworks named one of Oregon Business Journal's Top 100 Nonprofits to Work…

October 7, 2014

Meet our Coaches ›

  Coach Arone, AmeriCorps Member Cesar Chavez School, Portland Public School District Favorite Sport: Soccer       Coach Courtney Alder, Reynolds School District Favorite Sport: Basketball       Coach Chelsea Grout Elementary, Portland Public School District Favorite Game: BUMP       Coach Erik Reedville Elementary, Hillsboro School District Favorite Sport: Hockey      …

October 7, 2014

Portland Children’s Levy Invests in Play! ›

  The Portland Children’s Levy will invest $33 million over the next three years in 57 programs benefitting Portland children, one of those programs being Playworks. These investments span a three-year period from July 2014 through June 2017. The funds will reach thousands of city children and families to provide: A smoother route to kindergarten…

September 25, 2014

Laureus Foundation, Playworks Partnering to Create a Generation of Leaders through Sport ›

This June, I had the opportunity to visit a Playworks recess at Jason Lee School in Portland, where I learned about the support Playworks provides to my community. As Head Coach for the US Olympic Snowboarding & Freeskiing Teams, Halfpipe & Slopestyle, I found myself intrigued by the coaching mechanisms being created and taught by…

May 2, 2014

4 Things I Learned at my Playworks Internship ›

Cassandra Marshall is a recent college graduate who recently completed a six month internship with Playworks Pacific Northwest. Cassandra supported Playworks both in the office and on the playground by doing research for grants, supporting volunteer recruitment, getting in the game herself and more. (She is seated on the left in the picture above.) As a…

May 1, 2014

Coach into the Classroom ›

Abby Peterson served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Playworks before making the transition into the classroom. Abby is now a kindergarten teacher at one of our partner school. After several months in the classroom, Abby reflects on how her experience with Playworks has influenced her teaching. My career in education started many years ago and has been…