Healthi Kids hosted their first PlayROCs Celebration this week at the Strong Museum of Play Sept. 27. The event celebrated two years of effort to make Rochester's neighborhoods safe and accessible for all kids to walk, bike and play through such initiatives as a story walk at Phillis Wheatley Community Library and pop-up play days across the city. At the event, guests enjoyed a performance by Strings for Life and awards were given out to PlayROCs Champions.

  • The Speak out: Youth Voice Award was awarded to the Cameron Community Ministries After School Program kids
  • The Innovative Play Award was awarded to the 8th Grade Class at School 58
  • The Speak Out: Class Award was awarded to the 6th grade class at Genesee Community Charter School
  • The Most Playable Project was awarded to the Phillis Wheatley Library
  • The PlayROCs Playability Champion Awards were awarded to the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and the FLRT Block Club
  • The Volunteer Extraordinaire Award went to Assata Evans

Want to learn more about the state of play in Rochester? The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation funded a new "State of Play" report this summer. It found that only 12 percent of kids locally get enough daily activity. To read the full report, click here. To learn more about the PlayROCs campaign, visit or contact Jenn Beideman at or 585-224-3151.