Meet Coach Chevy

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Name: Chevy Robinson. School: Dr. George Washington Carver Academy of Math and Science

Favorite Recess Game: My all time favorite recess game is traditional kickball. As a youngster, I was all about booting the ball to the back of the playground to get the "oohhs" and "aahhs" from the crowd. Now, I simply enjoy making sure the game is fun and fair for my students… and of course, watching them boot the ball to the back of the playground!

Background: In 2010, I was the first member of my family to obtain a college degree (Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies – Child Development) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I accomplished another first when I graduated this past May from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies – Child Life. In June, I earned my Child Life credentials (CCLS); however, decided to place my pursuit of a career in the profession on hold for a little play time with Playworks!

Since working with children, I have acquired three very necessary skills: a. smiling, b. negotiating, and c. playing! I have encountered children from an array of professional settings – preschool classrooms, local playgrounds/parks, hospitals, and daycares – and each of them has involved play in some aspect. Over time, I have come to recognize the valuable lesson that is messaged through play, and that is to live in the moment. I believe as adults, it is our duty to encourage our youth to embrace and embody this simple message throughout their childhood! 

What drew you to being a Playworks Coach? I'm no mathematician, but the following equation seemed quite intriguing prior to applying: Children + Physical Activity + Games + Community + Creativity = Playworks. I absolutely loved the idea of encountering each of these components, and more, everyday. 

What has been the highlight of your coaching experience so far? Thus far, I would have to say that the highlight of my coaching experience is seeing my students' faces light up when they see me walk into their classrooms, the school building, down the hall, and over to their games at recess. Their reactions are priceless and communicate to me that I am impacting and influencing their lives in a positive manner. 

What excites you most about Playworks Programming? Prior to the school year beginning, I was mostly excited about the flexibility of the programming that I could potentially deliver to my students/school. My passion for being original and creative has been fully supported by not only Playworks' staff, but my school staff as well. I've come up with a cheer (If You Wanna) that my students love to recite; I've modified rules to make games more appealing to my middle school students; I've created mini-handbooks for my JC's to utilize for assistance at any time; I've added twists to games like Kickball, Iron Lung, Who Stole the Cookie, Duck Duck Goose, and Pulse to keep students on their toes. There is so much that I've been able to do through Playworks' programming that expresses me as an individual and I take pride in watching it come to life on a daily basis.

More Updates

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 17, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Kickball Team Looks Forward to the Next Tournament ›

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of WI had the opportunity to sponsor two teams in the Playworks Wisconsin 2019 Corporate Kickball Tournament. Corporate Kickball is an active employee engagement event that brings teams of 10-15 co-workers together through tournament play of a nostalgic game of kickball. Companies competed for a championship trophy and the opportunity to bring…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…