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Playworks Joins With Kids Television Show “MACK & MOXY” to Support the Power of Play

Streaming on Netflix Beginning October 1

Press Release – OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 30, 2016Playworks, the national nonprofit that brings safe and healthy play to kids across the country, has teamed up with Mack & Moxy, an exciting new TV show for kids ages 3 – 7 years old that begins airing on Netflix Streaming October 1. Together they created a special episode about the power of play.

In the episode “Play It Again, Mack,” developed with Playworks, Mack & Moxy team up with Trooper Sydnee to bounce over to HelpeeLand School, where they run into a rabbit named Patch who is sad because recess has become too rowdy and no one wants to play anymore. To cheer Patch up, the Heroes start a lively game of foursquare. But when a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm!

“Recess and play time is all about having fun, but there’s actually a lot happening underneath the surface,” says Jill Vialet, CEO and founder of Playworks. “Take Rock, Paper, Scissors, for example. It’s a game kids can play, and it’s also a tool they can use to solve disagreements quickly, easily and without the help of an adult. Less time arguing, means more time playing, and we are so excited to share a few games from our playbook with Mack & Moxy!”

Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social skills. They do this by providing schools with full and part-time coaches, plus training services to school administrators and staff. With twenty years of experience in making play more safe, healthy and fun, Playworks shared some of their favorite playtime activities for the Mack & Moxy episode.

Series creator Brahm Wenger states, “Sometimes it seems as if even our youngest children are being encouraged to spend every moment of every day trying to getting ahead. Here at Mack & Moxy we agree with Playworks that children should have time every day to BE children – to play with their friends and schoolmates without keeping score or getting in arguments. We hope this episode encourages kids to get off the couch and organize some neighborhood games!”

Mack & Moxy is produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment in association with Vancouver, Canada-based animation studio Bardel Entertainment (Jake and the Neverland Pirates; Puss in Boots; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

About Playworks

Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play before, during, and after school to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1200 schools in 23 cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services. Through inclusive, safe, and healthy play, Playworks is helping to improve students’ behavior and their attitude towards school; increasing students’ level of daily physical activity; fostering more empathetic kids; and ultimately developing more engaged and productive citizens. We change kids’ experience of school through fun active play every school day. For more information, visit www.playworks.org.

About Mack & Moxy

In association with American Public Television and Georgia Public Broadcasting, Award-winning Mack & Moxy was created to teach children life-long lessons of charity and compassion, while celebrating the joy of helping others. In season one Mack & Moxy joined hands with America’s leading non-profit organizations to introduce children to important causes like Hunger Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Wildlife Preservation, Emergency Preparedness, Autism inclusion, STEM Education, the Power of Play, National Parks and the Great Outdoors, Seat Belt Safety, Physical Fitness, Eating Healthy and more. Combining state-of-the-art 3D animation, live-action puppets, fun adventures, humor and catchy music, each Mack & Moxy episode is inspired by the kindness of the great humanitarians among us who make this world a better place. Mack & Moxy premieres on Netflix streaming beginning October 1, 2016 and is currently airing on PBS stations nationwide.

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