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!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

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

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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.

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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 playworks.org.

Contact: Meg Duff, Marketing Manager at Playworks, at 510.844.7607 or meg.duff@playworks.org

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Now Recruiting: Emerging Leaders Committee

Are you a young professional that believes in the power of play? Join our Emerging Leaders Committee with chapters in San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley!

The Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) is made up of young professionals in the Bay Area who are seeking philanthropic experience beyond basic volunteering. As a part of the Playworks Northern California ELC, you will be an ambassador of the organization through fundraising, events, networking, volunteering and general advocacy of our mission.

Playworks Chambers Elementary School 10700 Carvel Ln., Houston, TX 77072 1st grade No RWJF releases for any of the students

Commitment

• You believe in the Playworks mission to empower play while improving school climate, reducing bullying, and increasing time for learning

• Attend scheduled monthly local meetup & quarterly NorCal Google Hangout

• Serve 2 years as a Playworks advocate and ambassador within the community

• Year 1: Complete 25 hours of volunteer service

• Year 2: Commit to give/get fundraising goal

Benefits

• Build resume with nonprofit board experience

• Gain fundraising and nonprofit strategy experience

• Build a strong camaraderie through various networking opportunities

• Opportunity to develop skills and become NorCal Board of Director’s candidate

Personal Attributes

• Commitment to Playworks’ mission and vision

• Young professional (ages 21-35ish) looking to gain board experience

• Experience in event planning, marketing or desire to learn

• An interest in the objectives and programs of the organization

Interested? Send your resume or questions to Michelle Collier at mcollier@playworks.org.

Playworks Cummings Elementary School 10455 S Kirkwood Rd, Houston, TX 77099 Teacher is Ms. Hill- Kindergarten All students have RWJF release

 

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