October 16, 2012

Teen Donates $5,000 to Stop Bullying ›

Kids have the power to change the world. An Irvine, Cal. teen read a news story this year about the work Playworks is doing in Southern California to engage students at school recess and prevent bullying on the playground. The Los Angeles Times article shared a study from Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University that…

October 1, 2012

“It’s the game.” ›

Ben Cromwell is the Program Manager for Playworks Salt Lake City and a champion for play.  He is the author of Touch: Making Contact with Climate Change. “It’s the game.” That’s what one of my coaches is telling me this afternoon. I’m a program manager for Playworks Salt Lake City, which means I oversee our programs in nine…

September 12, 2012

Five Things I Learned Interning At Playworks ›

Samantha Gonzalez grew up in California, and attended college at the University of Portland, in Oregon. She interned with Playworks February – April 2012, the last semester of her undergraduate career. She hopes to become a school psychologist and to work to advocate for children with the greatest need.When I first started my internship at…

June 27, 2012

One Playful Adult on the Playground Who is Making a Difference Schoolwide ›

Every year we honor one first year Playworks program coordinator in the field. This coach steps into a school in their first year and takes not only the five components (recess, class game time, leadership development, before/after school and leagues) with excellence, but goes above and beyond to create a positive school climate for every…

June 12, 2012

A CEO Who Leads by the Motto “Work Hard, Play Harder” ›

Every year, we search the country for leaders who value play as much as work. As we know from experience play is a tool to bring out the best in people. A playful work environment increases productivity and job satisfaction and decreases stress. In our search for CEOs who exemplify how success is best achieved…

May 16, 2012

The Power of the Mindful Student ›

When I started in education at the ripe age of 22 at Playworks (then called Sports4Kids), I only knew I loved kids and sports. The past 10 years in education have brought me on a journey from play and sports to presence and mindfulness. At Playworks I learned the tools and skills to create a…

May 9, 2012

One mom’s quest to improve the preschool recess experience ›

Last year, I would pick up my daughter from her first year at preschool at the end of recess every day to find her playing alone. I became concerned she didn't have any playmates. As I discuss with other parents, I realized that I wasn't the only one who had concerns. Parents worried their child…

May 1, 2012

Bringing Ultimate Frisbee to Low-Income Elementary School Students ›

I love the game of Ultimate. Ultimate’s foundational philosophy the Spirit of the Game is a code of conduct that encourages personal responsibility and honesty on the field. When I started working for Playworks, I realized that the play ethic we as coaches strive to instill in our students during recess and developmental sports leagues…

April 25, 2012

Why I Play Everyday and Want Everyone to Play Too ›

As a child, I played on a soccer team called the Lady Tigers. Our jerseys were red and white, and I loved mine so much I wore it all the time. We played in a little field across from the local high school, and on my sixth birthday, I scored my very first soccer goal.…