Partner Spotlight: Hoops4Kids – Warriors Community Foundation

At Playworks, we live by our core values: respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community.  Every day our coaches, like Akil, are out on the playground embodying these values, and showing our kids who they can be like as adults.  We include everyone in our games.  We use teamwork to get active and have fun.  And we show our kids that together, we can be champions.

We’re lucky enough to have some partners in our community that share and help us stand up for these values.  I love watching the Golden State Warriors demonstrate these core values every day in their game.  These players are huge role models for our kids, and we’re seeing them move closer to their own championship with every game – but the best part is that they are doing it in a healthy and respectful way.  

We’ve got some superstars on the team, four starters that could each easily hog the spotlight.  But do they? No, they lead the NBA in the highest number of assists.  Their bench is strong.  Their motto is Strength in Numbers.  This is exactly what our kids need to learn – that we are more powerful sharing leadership and getting out on the court together.  Playing hard, respecting the game, and most of all having fun.

Double high fives to our partners at the Warriors Community Foundation for being such valued partners and go Dubs!

-Michelle Collier, Development Director

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Welcome Letter: Paul Collins, San Francisco Executive Director

Hello! I am Paul Collins and I am thrilled to be the newest Executive Director for Playworks in San Francisco.

I still remember my first encounter with Playworks – then Sports4Kids – when as a parent I was deeply satisfied to see how a Coach with positive energy and terrific facilitation skills could so positively impact the recess (and lunch transition!) culture at my children’s school, Buena Vista Alternative Elementary. We even have a proud Junior Coach alum in the family, headed to college later this year.

As I pay even more attention, I am amazed at the power that play can have in our lives and the ways it can very positively impact a child’s sense of self, a team’s morale, an organization’s sense of purpose, and our overall capacity to influence the kinds of change we want to see in the world. At Playworks we offer you, our community, several ways to incorporate play into your work, your capacity for service, even your own sense of self-care and joy. Seriously! 🙂

I encourage you to consider joining us for our annual celebration of play, and Get in the Game! Take advantage of the riotous fun and amazing team building opportunity of our early summer Corporate Kickball event. Volunteer to support play literacy at an elementary school in your community! And please reach out to our team to explore how you want to expand – or join – our growing posse driving the movement for safe and healthy play in the Bay Area, and beyond. I greatly appreciate this opportunity, and your ongoing partnership and support.

Paul Collins
Executive Director
Playworks San Francisco

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Introducing Warriors GetFit Fridays!

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This year, Playworks, The Golden State Warriors, and Kaiser Permanente have a Bay Area-wide partnership to promote fitness and healthy eating. In order to make getting fit a lifelong habit we have provided our partner schools an opportunity to advertise the benefits of getting fit, incentivize the healthy behavior and have fun while doing it. Introducing…GetFit Fridays!

Each Friday, coaches will roll out Get Fit activities and track participation to be in the running for the opportunity to host a Get Fit Time Out Event at their school or a sleuth of other prizes.

This month’s GetFit Friday theme: Endurance

Stay tuned for photos on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on #GetFitFridays!

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A Visit from the High Five Fairy

This week we wanted to highlight one of our amazing coach’s ideas which helps develop a school culture of empathy, inclusion and an overall healthy community!

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Working with the teachers at her school, Coach Annie finds out who is going above and beyond in the classroom as well as observes on the playground who is playing safe and creating an inclusive environment.

When students are spotted doing something above and beyond, the “High Five Fairy” leaves a note on their desk with a surprise.

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“The kids get super stoked and it is exciting to see them working hard to get a “surprise visit” from the High Five Fairy!” -Coach Annie

All of the high fives we have are being sent over to Coach Annie for this awesomeness!

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End of Year Survey Results

We couldn’t be more excited that the new school year is about to begin! Over the summer, we’ve taken some time to reflect on our previous year and wanted to share what we’ve found.

At the end of every school year, teachers and principals at our partner schools take an extensive survey about the impact of the Playworks program. We are so proud of the results here in Northern California!

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Read about the highlights:

  • 96% of administrators, teachers and support staff want Playworks to return next year
  • 97% of staff report Playworks increased the number of students who were active at recess
  • 87% of staff reported a decrease in the number of bullying incidents

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