About Playworks Texas

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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Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Texas in 2010. Playworks Texas serves low-income schools across the Houston area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Texas through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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February 21, 2019

Patricia O’Brien ›

Patricia O’Brien brings a love for play and a wealth of nonprofit experience to Playworks Texas and Louisiana. She holds a PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Playworks team, she served as Executive Director of San…

September 28, 2017

Courtney Hill ›

Courtney aka “Coach Court” began her service with Playworks Southern California as an AmeriCorps program coordinator at Aspire Firestone Academy. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Coach Court has always had a passion for serving young people in her…

September 22, 2017

Nia Abdallah ›

Nia Abdallah is a program manager for Playworks Texas. Born and raised in Houston Texas, Nia competed in the sport of Taekwondo most of her life and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. After this…

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