First ever white paper publication from the US Play Coalition available NOW: "A Research-Based Case for Recess" written by Olga S. Jarrett

Welcome to the US Play Coalition!

The US PLAY Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life.

The first play movement started the early 1900`s. Now, given the many problems with obesity and other social ills that have occurred with the erosion of play opportunities, it is time to begin the second great play movement. We ask you to help us as we do so. The time has come for all of us to help our children, and citizens regardless of age, create a better life, and ultimately, to make a difference in today’s world by making joys and benefits associated with play a reality for all.

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First ever white paper publication from the US Play Coalition available NOW: "A Research-Based Case for Recess" written by Olga S. Jarrett

Nov 08, 2013

We are excited to announce a new white paper from the US Play Coalition: "A Research-Based Case for Recess" written by Olga S. Jarrett, a 2011 Conference Presenter and Research Seed Grant recipient.

The white paper presents decades of research on the value of recess to academic performance, physical fitness, and social competency. The paper also documents inequality in who has the opportunity to participate in recess. Policy recommendations and statements by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are summarized on page three, and the document closes with an examination of recess policy in the present and to the future.

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  • Webepisodes of 2013 Conference on the Value of Play keynote and featured speakers available NOW!

    May 02, 2013

    Keynote and Featured Speakers from 2013 Play Conference

    This year, we are excited to offer webisodes of many of our keynote and featured speakers from the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play. Each video is approximately 45 minutes long and the topics are presented by leaders in the field.

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  • Call for 2014 Conference on the Value of Play Presentation Proposals

    Aug 05, 2013

    Keynote and Featured Speakers from 2013 Play Conference

    Be a part of an international, peer-reviewed conference!

    The US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity will take place February 16-19 at the Madren Center adjacent to Clemson's campus, and all are invited to submit presentation proposals to the conference.

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  • Presentation Proposal Deadline is September 18 - Less than ONE WEEK!

    Sep 13, 2013

    Submit your presentation proposal to the US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity in Partnership with IPA/USA so you can PLAY all weekend. Click Here To Go Directly to the Submission Page. You will not want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this exciting conference!

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  • US Play Coalition Names First Executive Director

    Apr 02, 2013

    Fran Mainella (L) and Carly Summers (R): Two Play Champions at Clemson University

    The US Play Coalition housed in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development, has named Carly Summers as its first executive director. She will work closely with the US Play Coalition Co-Chairs and founders Fran Mainella and Dr. Brett Wright to continue to build the success and presence of the Coalition regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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  • Re-imagine Learning Challenge

    Apr 18, 2014

    "As part of a three-year partnership with Ashoka, the LEGO Foundation has pledged more than $200,000 to challenge prizes alone. Enter today and help us learn about your vision for education in the 21st century!"

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  • Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

    Apr 14, 2014

    Playful learning allows children to be more hands on critical thinkers. "Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention."

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  • Play as a Community Builder

    Apr 08, 2014

    Play is essential to bettering our communities. Playing together teaches us how to work together and when we work together nothing is impossible. Let's better our communities, let's play!

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  • Playground Safety: What To Look For

    Apr 01, 2014

    More than 200,000 children (age 14 and younger) are treated in US emergency rooms each year due to playground injury's. Read here to find out the Five S's of Playground Safety.

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  • The Urgent Call of Nature

    Apr 01, 2014

    "in a world that’s increasingly noisy, dirty, crowded and manmade, doing so is getting harder and harder. In fact in 2008, for the first time in our history, there were more people living in cities than in the countryside, the upshot being that a significant percentage of the population now suffer from ‘nature deficit disorder’."

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  • The Re-imagine Learning Challenge - April 10 to September 17 - "As part of a three-year partnership with Ashoka, the LEGO Foundation has pledged more than $200,000 to challenge prizes alone. Enter today and help us learn about your vision for education in the 21st century!"

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  • Earth Day - April 22 - Get outside and celebrate earth day!

    1, 2, and 3k Glow and Show - April 25 - Join Gwinnett Parks Foundation April 25 for 1, 2, 3K Glow and Show, a 3K glow-in-the-dark fun walk/run at Alexander Park and a movie.

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  • Pop Up Park - April 26 - POP-UP Park Saturday, April 26, 2014 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastside Medical Center In front of the 1800 Building

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