September 2, 2014

What Mo’Ne Davis in the Little League World Series Says about Play ›

You've probably heard about Mo'ne Davis, the 12 year old pitching phenom. Beyond the more obvious importance of Mo’ne Davis’ journey to the Little League World Series for the advancement of women and girls in sports, Mo’ne’s success is a huge win for play. I’ve been prepping for my talk this month at the upcoming…

April 28, 2014

Junior Coach Returns as Playworks Coach ›

At Playworks, we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. We are thrilled that one of our very first junior coaches is now out of college and has come back to Playworks to ensure that there’s a place for every kid to belong, have fun and be part…

April 24, 2014

Play Helps Students with Autism Belong ›

Ask kids what their favorite part of the school day is, and most will enthusiastically say “recess!”  But for many students with autism, this unstructured 20-minute break can seem like a frightening free-for-all to be avoided at all costs. April is Autism Awareness Month. Organizations across the country are bringing autism to the forefront of…

April 10, 2014

Playworks AmeriCorps Members Are Happy to Serve ›

During the 2013-2014 school year, Playworks is partnering with five different state AmeriCorps commissions to bring powerful opportunities for play to schools and communities. We partner with Serve DC, PennSERVE, U Serve Utah, North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, and CaliforniaVolunteers (in both our Northern and Southern California regions). As a part of Playworks AmeriCorps Week, members from…

April 1, 2014

Playworks Coach Plans to Teach ›

A year and a half ago I happily joined Playworks as an AmeriCorps member, serving full time in a San Jose school. This is my dream job, I thought. I got to be outside and active every day while making a difference in my community. I’d thought about working in schools before, and this was…

March 27, 2014

AmeriCorps Member Sees Student Leaders’ Potential ›

I consider myself lucky because the work that I do as an AmeriCorps member provides ample opportunity for reflection and inspiration. It didn’t take me long in this position to see what a tremendous, positive impact Playworks has on the school communities we serve. Additionally, I quickly noticed how serving as an AmeriCorps member has…

March 26, 2014

AmeriCorps Member Builds Community ›

Devin Young is a Playworks AmeriCorps member serving as a Playworks coach at Spring Valley Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina. Each week Devin stays at her school long after the bell has rung. Not only does she help with the after-school program, but she also helps with a basketball clinic that is run at…

March 25, 2014

Family Fitness Night Brings School Community Together ›

As an AmeriCorps Playworks coach I am lucky to serve our kids on a daily basis. I teach kids games, positive social skills and cooperation. I see them every day at league games, in after- school programs, during junior coach trainings, in the classroom and on playground. Like all Playworks coaches, I am one of…

March 11, 2014

Empowering Girls through Sports ›

As a young girl, I was painfully shy and did not consider myself athletic. That is, not until I was 10 years old when my dad put me on a softball team he ended up assistant coaching. There I learned to trust myself and push through self-doubt when my team needed me. I began to…