March 1, 2011

Global Play: How healthy play bridges cultural differences ›

During the summer of 2010 I went to visit my best friend, Max, in Niamey, Niger. I was prepared for the African environment and hoped for an enriching experience, but I never expected that my ability to engage children in athletics would benefit my friend in his country and his community as a whole. Every…

February 15, 2011

The Power of One ›

Today’s guest post is by Evan Kennedy. Evan is a program manager for Playworks in the East Bay. He has worked for Playworks since 2006, when he was a program coordinator and AmeriCorps member in West Oakland. When he’s not playing outside, Evan may be found reading a good book or inventing a new game to…

October 25, 2010

Hundreds Play in New York ›

Two weeks ago, Playworks hosted Play On 2010 at Columbia University in New York. The conference was designed to bring together individuals and organizations in the field of play and youth development. This is the second year we’ve taken it on, somehow forgetting each year how much energy it requires until we’re about ready to…

April 20, 2010

Inspiration in Little Rock ›

Each year, Playworks introduces its program to potential expansion cities through a weeklong “Recess Roll-Out.” Selected schools in the city each get a Playworks coach for the week to demonstrate how the program can impact the students, staff and culture at the school. This week, we’re in Little Rock, Arkansas. Here is an example of…

April 13, 2010

Another Day in the Iron Triangle ›

We are often asked why we focus our full-time coaches on low-income schools. There are many reasons, but some days these reasons are more profound than others. Not too long ago, I led our East Bay Junior Coach Conference in Richmond, California. More than 125 fourth and fifth graders from 10 schools in West Contra…