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!

High Five Fairy

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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Junior Coach of the Week: Ofa

School: Willow Oaks

Ofa’s Playworks Coach: London

Favorite Game: Tetherball

Why Ofa Loves Being a Junior Coach: “I feel like a superhero to other kids and I like being a positive role model.”

What Coach London has to say about Ofa:

To me, Ofa epitomizes what a Junior Coach should be. She is dedicated to her role as a leader and has been a positive influence on her peers. Ofa has such a vibrant and infectious personality, and even on her toughest days, she has an unbreakable smile. Her motivation as a Junior Coach is driven by the challenges and goals she can achieve. No matter what game she is asked to lead during recess, she takes on each task willingly and seeks help when necessary. Ofa has even asked for the opportunity to lead Class Game Time’s to help her further develop her leadership skills at recess.

One thing I truly admire about Ofa is her giving and caring nature. Every time a Junior Coach works during recess, they earn Junior Coach money. They are able to spend their money on Wednesdays at our JCLP trainings. One day a fellow JC wanted to make a purchase but had spent all of his money. Ofa noticed how much he wanted the item and although it cost her the rest of her money, she bought it for him. She is definitely devoted to contributing to the happiness of others; and it never goes unnoticed. Other Junior Coaches have mentioned Ofa to be inspiring, kind and hardworking. Recognition of Ofa and her superior job as a Junior Coach is definitely overdue, and very much deserved!

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Junior Coach of the Week: Emmanuel

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School: Stipe Elementary in San Jose

Emmanuel’s Playworks Coach: Gail

Favorite Game: Soccer

What Coach Gail has to say about Emmanuel:
From participation in the Junior Coach Leadership Program, 5th grader Emmanuel has grown to become a school leader, both in the classroom and at recess. He is an expert in identifying conflicts and helping others get to a solution by offering Ro Sham Bo.

Emmanuel enjoys being a Junior Coach and the opportunity to teach fellow students the rules of new games.

From the first day of his first recess shift, Emmanuel continues to lead by example for his team members. His coach, Coach Gail has never had to remind him to sign in/out, hang his purple Junior Coach shirt, or check if he is at his assigned game to lead.

Younger students seek Emmanuel at the end of recess to give him high-5’s and look forward to playing with him again soon. Spanish speaking students at Stipe feel comfortable communicating to Emmanuel and joining in the game with the help of his bilingual speaking abilities.

Coach Gail is thankful for having a respectful, responsible, community minded, kind, and college-bound student such as Emmanauel on her Junior Coach team this school year.

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Junior Coach of the Week: Emily

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School: Cumberland Elementary in Sunnyvale

Emily’s Playworks Site Coordinator: Mike

Favorite Game: Hula Hoop Tag

She enjoys being a Junior Coach because she likes being a role model for the younger grades and being able to teach them new games.
What Coach Mike has to say about Emily:

“She deserves to be Junior Coach of the Week because she is a wonderful JC everyday. She’s responsible, fair, and takes pride in being a Junior Coach. Also this month she came up with an idea to do a presentation for the whole school on recess and game safety. She got it approved by the Principal, recruited other JC’s to help, wrote the script, and directed the presentation. Her and the rest of the Junior Coaches will be presenting this to the entire school later this month at a school assembly.”

Way to go Emily!!!

Here’s a short video of the Junior Coaches practicing their skit:

Junior Coach Skit from Playworks NorCal on Vimeo.

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