Meet a Coach Monday: Jherimy

Each Monday we will feature a new coach, so you can see why we think all of our coaches are absolute rockstars for their schools and community! Now onto our salsa dancing, inspiring Coach Jherimy:


Coach Jherimy from McCollam Elementary School

What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

My favorite thing about being a coach is watching my Junior Leadership Program grow. I believe in the power of play but I also believe in my Junior Coaches. They learn valuable leadership skills, how to be a team player and join a positive group of people who are a role models for their peers. Watching them develop these skills and lead is amazing. (Read about one of Coach Jherimy’s Junior Coaches here)

Favorite game?

Jedi dodgeball (learn to play a variation here!)

What inspired you to become a Playworks coach?

I wanted to be a positive role model for my school and community. Each day is a new life experience which is something that I enjoy. Being there for the students means a lot to me.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen at your school because of Playworks?

The biggest change is the positive change in school climate, the school is now filled with positive energy! To see that ANY student, parent and teacher can feel free to join any game during school hours and feel welcome makes a huge difference in this school.

2 interesting facts about Jherimy

He’s a salsa dancer who loves to play soccer!

A big whoosh clap to you Coach Jherimy!

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4 Resolutions that Might Actually Be (dare we say it) Fun!

  1. Less screen time.

We get it. There are so many YouTube videos and memes that you just HAVE to see but if you use a screen just 1 hour less a day, you will reap the rewards mentally and physically. It may even help you to get on that run you’ve been talking about.


  1. Give More.

Many believe that in order to give more it needs to be financially. While donations are beneficial to moving the mission forward, there are many other ways to help. Pro-bono work, board service, volunteering just to name a few. This leads us to the next resolution…


  1. Give more high fives.

High fives are completely underrated. They make you and your high five partner feel great! Oh and guess what? They are completely free, quick and easy. No more excuses, just more high fives.


  1. Play a game.

When was the last time you played? I mean really played and let yourself go. Grab a friend and play a little two-square. No one is ever too old to play. Bonus points if you play your favorite game from your childhood.



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