A positive playground story from Coach Ryan
Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development, no matter his or her background. This story exemplifies how inclusive play helps unite students and fosters a better school environment.
A student who I will call Steven is a 3rd grade student who loves to play soccer and tends to be a bit aggressive. From the beginning of the year there have been some rules already in place; for example 1st and 2nd graders have their own soccer field, 3rd has their own, and then 4th and 5th share their own. He is a very good player, but gets very frustrated when kids who aren’t as talented ask to play with him. He has had soccer taken away from him for small periods of time because playing with others can be difficult. During that time, he bonded with a boy in the second grade who I will call James, who absolutely loves soccer but it can be difficult for him to play the sport because he is in an electric wheelchair. When Steven was allowed to continue to play soccer he took James under his wing to help him get better at the game. James now loves to play soccer and Steven has found a way to play fairly with others while also being able to enjoy the sport of soccer that he loves so much. It brought me great joy when little James asked if he can play with the 3rd graders and then I saw him find Steven, who just loves to get James the ball. It has shown other kids that anyone is capable and they have also taken it upon themselves to get James more involved; not just in soccer but other games as well!