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


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


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


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.


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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Donor Spotlight: John and Julia Hinshaw

John and Julia Hinshaw have been generously supporting Playworks for the past several years. I met John Hinshaw at his offices, where he is Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Approachable and engaging, John spoke about his and Julia’s care for Playworks.


For John and Julia Hinshaw, supporting Playworks represents not only their dedication to improving the lives of children, but it is also aligned with their thoughtful approach to philanthropy. Their passion for education began early. John’s father was a teacher for 40 years, and as he grew up John was able to see the incredible difference that his father made in the lives of his students. Julia is very involved in their children’s (ages 13, 9 and 5) school, and John serves on the board of the National Academy Foundation, which connects high school students with businesses and provides internship opportunities. John also served on the Host Committee of Super Bowl 50, the most philanthropic Super Bowl to date, of which Playworks was a beneficiary.

I had the opportunity to ask John a few questions about their support of Playworks.

How did you get involved with Playworks?

Leaders from around the globe were convening in Palo Alto to discuss strategy at HP, now Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I was looking for an activity to engage the group but also one that offered the opportunity to give back to our community. We worked (and played) with Playworks at two East Palo Alto Schools, alongside of coaches and junior coaches, making hundreds of equipment bags for Northern California schools. It was a meaningful experience for many of the participants, including me. Coincidentally, I discovered that a colleague, Lisa Edwards EVP at Salesforce, served on the Playworks National board, which strengthened my affinity with the organization.

Why Playworks?

Playworks is making an impact on more than 700,000 kids Nationally and I know you are poised for growth. We moved to this area 4 years ago, and we’ve noticed an over rotation on academics with immense pressure to have the smartest kids with the highest test scores. We believe that a happy, fulfilling life requires more than that.

Speaking of kids, your children have donated to Playworks. How did that come about?

Each year, we give our children some money to donate to charities of their choice. We provide them with information about a number of organizations, and they choose. They loved the mission and the impact of Playworks.

Advice to others?

Get out to a playground! Experience the organization for yourself. You will see children getting their energy out in a positive way, solving problems and being leaders on school campus. And, although we sometimes forget, adults can benefit from play too!

What would you like to see Playworks doing in the future?

We’d love to see the organization expand to at least 1 million children. It would also be great to see how Playworks, especially the Junior Coach leadership program, impacts kids as they move through their school life. Other than that, keep doing what you’re doing…decreasing bullying, increasing physical activity and developing leaders through play!

-Patricia O’Brien, Executive Director

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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


• 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


• 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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