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!


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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Playworks Announces Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson as 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner


Playworks Announces Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson as 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award Winner


San Francisco, California—March 9, 2016Playworks announced today that Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, has been selected as the recipient for the 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities that Playworks develops in young people across the country. The annual award recognizes a leader who energizes the workplace, brings a playful and collaborative style to the pursuit of serious business goals, and inspires others through respectful leadership, teamwork, empathy, and fairness.

Bernard J. Tyson will be honored at Get in the Game, a benefit for Playworks, on May 13, 2016 at 6 p.m. at San Francisco’s City View at Metreon. Kaiser Permanente has been a longtime supporter of Playworks, and Richard (Dick) Daniels, executive vice president and CIO, serves on the Playworks Board of Directors.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente is delivering on its “Thrive” promise through an industry-leading 21st century approach to health care and health care coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health.

“The innovation and commitment to partnership that Bernard J. Tyson demonstrates at Kaiser Permanente exemplify the kind of playful, collaborative leadership we hope students at Playworks schools will embody. We are proud to present him with the 2016 Inspiring Leadership Award,” said Jill Vialet, CEO and founder of Playworks.

As one example of Kaiser Permanente’s playful and collaborative approach, Kaiser Permanente, Playworks, and the Golden State Warriors have teamed up to educate youth in the Bay Area on the importance of healthy eating and active living. The Golden State Warriors Get Fit program serves to highlight good nutrition as well as safe and healthy play through health related activities around recess, basketball, nutrition, and healthy choices. To date, the partnership has reached 60,000 students in 111 Bay Area elementary schools.

“I’m inspired to see the great work Playworks is doing across the country. Playworks is helping kids thrive. And helping people thrive is at the heart of our work at Kaiser Permanente,” said Tyson. “I’m proud of the longstanding partnership we’ve had with Playworks, and I’m honored to receive this leadership award.”

Playworks is also honoring individuals for their commitment to using the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. The Most Valuable Principal Award will be presented to a principal at a Playworks school for going above and beyond to ensure school allows time and space for play. The Rookie of the Year Award will be presented to a first-year Playworks coach for exemplifying service and the power of play.

Playworks gratefully acknowledges the generosity of lead sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Quatalyst Partners, Barney & Barney, Golden State Warriors, PG&E, and Wentworth Consulting Group. Playworks is also thankful for the involvement of Honorary Committee members San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaf, and PlumpJack Group President Hilary Newsom.


About Playworks:

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,200 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services. Learn more about Playworks and the power of play at

Contact: Meg Duff, Marketing Manager at Playworks, at 510.844.7607 or

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Donor Spotlight: John and Julia Hinshaw

John and Julia Hinshaw have been generously supporting Playworks for the past several years. I met John Hinshaw at his offices, where he is Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Approachable and engaging, John spoke about his and Julia’s care for Playworks.


For John and Julia Hinshaw, supporting Playworks represents not only their dedication to improving the lives of children, but it is also aligned with their thoughtful approach to philanthropy. Their passion for education began early. John’s father was a teacher for 40 years, and as he grew up John was able to see the incredible difference that his father made in the lives of his students. Julia is very involved in their children’s (ages 13, 9 and 5) school, and John serves on the board of the National Academy Foundation, which connects high school students with businesses and provides internship opportunities. John also served on the Host Committee of Super Bowl 50, the most philanthropic Super Bowl to date, of which Playworks was a beneficiary.

I had the opportunity to ask John a few questions about their support of Playworks.

How did you get involved with Playworks?

Leaders from around the globe were convening in Palo Alto to discuss strategy at HP, now Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I was looking for an activity to engage the group but also one that offered the opportunity to give back to our community. We worked (and played) with Playworks at two East Palo Alto Schools, alongside of coaches and junior coaches, making hundreds of equipment bags for Northern California schools. It was a meaningful experience for many of the participants, including me. Coincidentally, I discovered that a colleague, Lisa Edwards EVP at Salesforce, served on the Playworks National board, which strengthened my affinity with the organization.

Why Playworks?

Playworks is making an impact on more than 700,000 kids Nationally and I know you are poised for growth. We moved to this area 4 years ago, and we’ve noticed an over rotation on academics with immense pressure to have the smartest kids with the highest test scores. We believe that a happy, fulfilling life requires more than that.

Speaking of kids, your children have donated to Playworks. How did that come about?

Each year, we give our children some money to donate to charities of their choice. We provide them with information about a number of organizations, and they choose. They loved the mission and the impact of Playworks.

Advice to others?

Get out to a playground! Experience the organization for yourself. You will see children getting their energy out in a positive way, solving problems and being leaders on school campus. And, although we sometimes forget, adults can benefit from play too!

What would you like to see Playworks doing in the future?

We’d love to see the organization expand to at least 1 million children. It would also be great to see how Playworks, especially the Junior Coach leadership program, impacts kids as they move through their school life. Other than that, keep doing what you’re doing…decreasing bullying, increasing physical activity and developing leaders through play!

-Patricia O’Brien, Executive Director

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