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Hancock Elementary School and Toby Wells YMCA first partnered during the 2007/2008 school year and continues today. Every student participates in P.L.A.Y. each week on school campus, taught by the YMCA coaches and supported by our teachers.  The classes are held during the regular school day and last 45 minutes.  Below is further information on the P.L.A.Y. program.

What is P.L.A.Y.?


The YMCA P.L.A.Y. (Physical Learning Activities for Youth) program first started in Los Angeles in 2001 to make a difference in underfunded public school communities. Now it has proven successful in 30+ LAUSD elementary school campuses. The P.L.A.Y. program in San Diego has made a significant impact on numerous public, charter, and private schools by using the founding philosophy and expanding on curriculum and outreach.


We are for youth development, for healthy living, and for social responsibility. Our program is driven to inspire young minds and motivate them in the components of physical fitness, health education, and character development. We are bringing the fun back into healthy living!


P.L.A.Y. is aligned with the California Physical Education Content Standards. The curriculum is designed to consider the unique characteristics of each student population we serve. This adaptation ensures that the children will be engaged, active, and excited. P.L.A.Y. not only provides physical fitness, it develops character, stresses teamwork, empowers students to make healthy choices and educates students of activities played worldwide.

Program Components


Classes include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength & endurance, flexibility, body awareness, and students learn loco motor, manipulative, and non-manipulative skills.


Students are educated on the dynamics of the human body, how to eat healthy, what the different food groups are and more. Ultimately, students will be empowered to make healthy decision for themselves. We are for healthy living youth development and social responsibility. Our program educates and motivates young minds in physical fitness, health education and character development. We are bringing the fun back into healthy living.


Lessons include our core values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility and help students develop group and team strategies. Our staff also stresses the importance of good citizenship and self-confidence.