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