January’s Corps Member of the Month: Eric Payne

  1. Updates

The 2015-16 school year is Coach Payne’s second year with Playworks Utah. Last year he rocked the Copperview Cougars with his amazing program and this year he has transitioned into the Flex role, assisting at all of our coaches and schools, wherever he is needed most. When South Kearns Elementary School approached Playworks Utah about opening our program at their school mid-year, we knew just who to send there. For embracing the winds of Playworks change in a positive and productive manner, Coach Payne, a brand new South Kearns Top Cat, is January’s Corps Member of the Month!

What is your favorite game?


What do you wish for your school year?

To teach as many games as I can to as many kids as I can.

What other service-oriented activities have you been involved in?

Social Work Club at Salt Lake Community College and the Boys and Girls Club

What is your favorite treat?


Tell us two fun facts about yourself.

I like to play the guitar and I’m a very fast runner!

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