Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of the Month: Coach Wayne

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Coach Wayne is serving his first year as an AmeriCorps member at Ascent Academy in West Valley. He regularly introduces new games to the kids at his schools and gets them extremely excited to play and engage with their classmates on the playground. At Ascent Academy’s recess you’ll find every kid playing enthusiastically and handing out high-fives. We’re so grateful for Coach Wayne’s passion for play and dedication to his program!

Learn more about Coach Wayne

What is your favorite game/sport?


How do you usually relax after a long day?

Lifting weights to completely change rails, video games and cartoons to bring it down (Simpsons, Archer, Bobs Burgers, Rick and Morty).

What is your guilty pleasure?

I’m honestly just a little ashamed of watching the show “Rick and Morty.”

Tell us two fun facts about yourself!

I’m a Pisces and I know all the words to Eminem’s Lose Yourself but only when I’m in the car alone.

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