PLAAY Day – February 24, 2022

PLAAY Day 2022 (PLAAY24) will begin at 8 AM Alaska Standard Time as we begin our first PLAAY session in coordination with the Special Olympics Center in Connecticut. PLAAY Sessions will each last 30 minutes and be repeated “every hour on top of the hour” and we will begin our last session at 1 PM Alaska Standard Time when we exercise with students in Hilo, Hawaii! We will have a few minutes, prior to the beginning of the exercise and following the conclusion of the exercise, where we will communicate back-and-forth with the remote sites selected in each time zone.
Join us as we begin the exciting-challenge of connecting all time zones around the “World’s first shared-exercise experience PLAAY24!”
If you participate in PLAAY Day, please send us some pictures and comments from your school or classroom here:



Secondary site in Chesire, Connecticut

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Led by Natalie Finch. Natalie is a senior at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and is working towards a career in physical education. Natalie was born and raised in Oregon and after serving 4 years in the US Army she decided to settle in the great state of Alaska. She quickly developed a passion for physical and mental wellness and hopes to educate the lives of the people around her.

She will be leading a fun game of Simon Says for youth to enjoy!


Secondary site in Zacatecas, Mexico

Led by UAA student Walo

Hey everybody, my name is Eduardo “Walo” Orozco! I’m excited for you to join me and my awesome PLAayer Crew on February 24 starting at 8am AKST as we take you cross country to do some fun exercise activities. From surfing to dancing, anything you can think of. Hope to see you there!


Secondary site in Grand Junction, Colorado

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Hello everyone! My name is Simon and I’m a senior in the Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences program at the UAA. I was born in Palmer, Alaska and have spent the majority of my childhood being active outdoors and participating in sports. My favorite sports are olympic weightlifting and snowboarding, and my hobbies include fishing, hiking, and cooking delicious food.

My routine on PLAAY Day will be focused on the amazing physical benefits offered by dance. Taking cues from my Russian heritage and culture, the physical activity that I will be leading is inspired by traditional Slavic folk dance. It is an excellent way to strengthen the core and legs, and promotes flexibility as well as cardiovascular health.

After graduating this year in 2022, I plan on attending medical school and becoming a physician. I’m excited to serve the Alaskan community as a future health professional!


Secondary site in Greenfield, California at Arroyo Seco Academy

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Led by UAA student Jocelyn

My name is Jocelyn Cervantes. I am from Greenfield, California, and this is my second year at UAA. I am part of both the Cross Country and Track teams. My major is Kinesiology, and my goal is to pursue my Bachelors degree in Physical Education to continue teaching our youth how to stay active. I can’t wait to see you all February 24th at 11am AKST for our big PLAAY session. I really can’t wait to see you all get physically active! What I have planned for you will make you sweat, jump and get a laugh in while working out. We will be doing a little body workout going around California’s great mountains and views. I hope you guys are ready to travel to California. See you all soon!


Secondary sites in Anchorage, Alaska at Bowman Elementary School and Kotzebue, Alaska at June Nelson Elementary School

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Led by UAA student Aidan

My name is Aidan Bailey. I’m a Kinesiology student at UAA in my sophomore year. I want to become a chiropractor and own a gym to coach at. I’m an outdoorsy person, but only in the summer. The winter is far too cold for me! I’ll be leading the session here in Alaska. A full body exercise session with an Alaskan theme.


Secondary site in Hilo, Hawaii

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Led by UAA student Walo

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Schools or Organizations Registered for PLAAY Day 2022

2022 PLAAY Day Registration

  • Children can participate through their school, other organizations, or at home. If you are wanting to register children to participate through another organization or from home, please describe.
  • Choose which you are signing up for:
  • We will be contacting all registered participants to discuss the logistics for PLAAY Day. Please provide information on any technology concerns or other special considerations here.


What is PLAAY Day?

Elementary-aged students participating in PLAAY Day will gather in school gyms, recreation centers, common spaces, outside or in classrooms to participate in a half hour of fun physical activity. Alaska role model athletes will lead and encourage students of all abilities through exercise routines.

Children from Ketchikan to Kaktovik will be linked via YouTube and Facebook live streaming.  A recorded video will be provided to the school in advance and available online.

When and Where?

Thursday, February 24th, 2022 – starting at 8AM Alaska Standard Time. The whole exercise routine will be approximately 30 minutes long. The method of participation is via Facebook live. We can assist you in accommodating any and all needs.


We know about the benefits of physical activity. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve a child’s self-worth, which in turn empowers them to recognize they can make active choices for improving their health. It increases the capacity for learning, reduces the prevalence of chronic diseases associated with inactivity, increases positive behaviors, and can mitigate risks associated with depression and suicide.

Role of Healthy Futures

Healthy Futures is the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Over 10,000 children from almost 100 schools around the state annually participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge every year. The PLAAY Day will be integrated into the 2022 Spring Challenge, strengthening the message about the importance of being physically active and benefiting from Healthy Futures existing statewide relationships.

Who is putting this on?

Collaborators represented on the PLAAY Day planning committee include Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage School District, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, The Children’s Hospital at Providence, Play Every Day Campaign, Special Olympics Alaska, Alaska’s Best Water, University of Alaska Anchorage, The Dome, and other physical activity supporters.

Who can participate?

You can register as a classroom, an entire school, or homeschool child/homeschool organization. We are trying to accommodate various spaces and adapting exercises for a group activity with limited space and for all physical levels.

What will I need?

Adequate space in a typical classroom for a body length of each participant- some exercises will be on the floor. Easy and quick access to water or water bottles as we have a 1-minute rest/water break 1/3 way through routine. The technology required to connect to audio, video or both (as you see fit).

How do I participate on the day of the event?

PLAAY Day will be broadcast from the Special Olympics Center in Anchorage. Schools, classrooms and homeschoolers will be able to watch live if they have adequate Internet access/streaming ability. If not, we can send you a link to download the video of the recorded exercises after PLAAY Day. We will soon be testing out the live streaming and will send registered participants detailed instructions on how to join.

What are the types of exercises?

– The exercises are designed to take place in an average-sized classroom setting, some teachers or schools might attempt to participate/gather in a larger setting such as a gymnasium/auditorium if available/appropriate.
– Join our activity instructors as we Exercise Leadership with exercises featuring sports/super heroes and presidents.
– Each exercise will start with a beginners/basic technique and progress to more advanced techniques, as students are able. Teachers, please encourage students to participate at their appropriate level of their functional ability. Our intent is to show modifications for all levels.

More questions?

Email PLAAY director Wallace Wilson at or Alaska Sports Hall of Fame executive director Harlow Robinson


PLAAY is possible with generous support from our sponsors.