“I like grown-ups that run”

November 20, 2009 at 4:56 am 1 comment

Ashoka Fellow Jill Vialet is the President and Founder of Playworks (formerly Sports4Kids), a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day.

This past Tuesday, Jill gave a talk titled “Play and Unreasonable People” at a TEDxSF conference on Creativity and Reinvention, which got me digging deep on the Playworks website (especially the section that highlights studies on play)—and where I came across this video about the role and impact of a Playworks coach. I loved when one of the students in the video said, “I like grown-ups that run.”


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  • 1. Lauren  |  November 20, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    FABULOUS videos, both. I think Playworks is doing a great job with a great idea with passionate people.
    I do believe in unstructured play, but I had to admit partiality to Exuberant Animal (http://www.exuberantanimal.com) that brings together both the social interaction with structured teamwork –plus muscle- and nervous-system improvements from the physical games.


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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