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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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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Meet a Coach Monday: Mike

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Playworks Coach Mike from Rooftop Elementary School in San Francisco

What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

I love seeing the kids I work with thriving and growing!

Favorite game?

Dodgeball

What inspired you to become a Playworks coach?

I wanted to influence and expose kids to new ideas and games that I learned as a kid.

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

I’ve seen kids that don’t normally play on the playground come and join in on games!

When not on the playground…

I’m a big foodie and I love soccer. 

 

A big high five to Coach Mike!

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Meet a Coach Monday: Sophia

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Playworks Coach Sophia from San Francisco Community Alternative School!

What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

Seeing the world through my kids’ eyes, and playing lots of awesome games!

Favorite game?

Championship Knockout

What inspired you to become a Playworks coach?

I honestly just wanted to play games and work with elementary aged kids.

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

There has not been a physical fight on my playground in 2 months. There used to be an average of one per recess.

When not on the playground…

I can speak 4 languages, and I was on a nationally ranked Rugby team in college.

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Meet a Coach Monday: Michael Medley

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Playworks Coach Michael “Mike” Medley from Bishop Elementary!

What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

Playing of course! I don’t like to overseeing games, I want to be playing the games: Tug O War, Soccer, Wall Ball, Dodgeball, Tag, and everything else. You don’t know fun until you have all kindergarten chasing you in a field for five minutes.

Favorite game?

Crossover Dodgeball

What inspired you to become a Playworks coach?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a kid at heart and one thing that allows a Coach to connect with students is never forgetting how to play. It’s what inspires me to be a Coach and sign up year after year.

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

The students motivation to be involved in play and take responsibility for their recess shows a maturity and willingness that not many adults see in kids. As a Coach I see this every day and it still impresses me.

When not on the playground…

I was honored by NASA for aerodynamics project and I’m an amateur writer.

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