Coaches Across Continents (CAC) celebrated the 2023 Global Day of Play on August 27th, continuing a cherished tradition that began in 2021. On this day, we joined partner organizations and individuals from six continents in recognizing the profound impact of play while participating in the #PledgetoPlayEveryDay movement.
The Global Day of Play was initiated by Coaches Across Continents as a response to the declining availability of dedicated playtime in communities worldwide. This special day serves several key objectives:
Raising Awareness: We aimed to shed light on the multitude of benefits that play offers to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Creating Play Opportunities: It was a day dedicated to carving out time and space for people to engage in play, fostering connections and happiness.
#PledgeToPlayEveryDay: At the core of this celebration was the commitment to make play an integral part of our daily lives, recognizing its significance in promoting physical and mental well-being, reducing stress, and facilitating socialization.
Play is more than just a pastime; it’s a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle. It contributes to physical fitness, mental wellness, stress relief, and social bonding. The Global Day of Play was born as an international pledge to incorporate play into our daily routines, emphasizing its importance as a source of holistic well-being.
The Impact of Play
Play is a topic recognized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically in Targets 3.4, 10.3, and 10.4, as well as in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Reflecting on Past Success of Global Day of Play:
The result of concerted efforts included:
- Providing toolkits and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) support for inclusively-driven activities.
- Offering a year-long curriculum of quick games to organizations, ensuring that play continued long after the celebration.
- Conducting online training sessions for organizations and coaches.
- Implementing a robust social media marketing strategy.
- Encouraging everyone to take the #PledgeToPlayEveryday and create a safe inclusive space for children
How to get involved with Global Day Of Play:
Take a pledge today and be a part of the global celebration of play by filling out the Form link
We will share year-long quick games with you. Create a safe space for children to play and have fun. Tag us on social media @coachesacrosscontinents and use #PledgeToPlayEveryDay. Together, we can make play an integral part of daily life and foster a world where play knows no boundaries. Join us in the #PledgetoPlayEveryDay movement and be a part of something truly transformative.
We are thrilled that you are considering dedicating time to #PledgeToPlayEveryDay and celebrating the Global Day of Play every year.