50 Fund Playmaker: Jessica Rojas and CoachArt

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Written By: Super Bowl 50 Fund Staff

Our 23rd Playmaker is CoachArt, an organization that provides long-term, specially-adapted athletic and arts learning opportunities to children impacted by chronic illness. They match chronically ill children with learning opportunities and volunteer instructors to provide high-quality after-school programs.

Their Playmaker grant will fund CoachArt’s 2015 Explore Summer program for chronically ill children ages 6-12 and their siblings in Oakland and surrounding areas. The program offers baseball, dance and visual arts, and is focused on enabling all of the children to acquire new skills.

CoachArts nominated Jessica Rojas, their program coordinator, who works directly with every family served by CoachArt. When a child’s 8-week session with that activity expires, Jessica checks in with the family to renew the activity or match them to a new experience. She credits the strong relationships that develop students and volunteers with creating positive changes in student’s self-efficacy and self-esteem.

50 weeks. 50 grants. 50 opportunities to recognize Bay Area residents who are making a difference through their service to our community in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The 50 Fund’s Playmaker program was designed to showcase the real difference Bay Area nonprofits are making in the lives of our children, and people behind the scenes who are making that impact possible.

View Jessica Rojas’s video, CLICK HERE.