Tualatin Hills Athletic Center at PCC Rock Creek campus, June 15th. The Playworks Corporate Kickball Fundraiser slogan was, “Play hard, respect the game, have fun!”  230 employees from dozens of area businesses did just that. (Photo Credit, Jean Primas) Columbia Sportswear took home the trophy!

The Portland Public Schools Principals team earned high marks.

The Portland Public Schools Principals team earned high marks.

The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

The charity tournament drew businesses including: Nike, Portland Trail Blazers, Hubbub Health, KEEN, Columbia Sportswear, Reser’s Fine Foods, Interworks LLC, Kohl’s, the Randall Children’s Hospital, Portland Public Schools Principals, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, Moss Adams and Portland Public Schools Teachers (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente); joined together for an afternoon of cooperative play for the benefit of nearly 6,000 kids in 14 low-income Portland Public Schools.

Columbia Sportswear team

The Columbia Sportswear team did some group bonding.

 From Playworks:

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. We currently operate our direct service program in more than 300 schools in 23 US cities, and serve more than 130,000 elementary school students every day.

Playworks Training also provides training and technical support for schools and youth organizations that wish to train their own adults to manage a healthy and inclusive playground.

Research shows that play is essential to child development and an invaluable tool for improving school climate. And quality recess and playtime also helps children return to the classroom more focused and ready to learn.

12.jpgPlayworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time program coordinators, called “coaches” to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity throughout the school day. The coaches become part of the school community, working full-time to provide organized play and physical activity through the five components of the Playworks program. They organize games and activities during recess, provide individual class game times and run a leadership development program during school hours. They also run Playworks tutoring and physical activity programs and developmental sports leagues during after school hours.