PLAAY Day – Thursday, February 23, 2023 beginning at 8 AM, with the last session at 1 PM  AKST

PLAAY Day 2023 will begin at 8 AM Alaska Standard Time as we begin our first PLAAY session in coordination with the Special Olympics Center in Connecticut and will be carried through 5 times-zones, across the United States !



Secondary site in Chesire, Connecticut


Secondary site in Zacatecas, Mexico


Secondary site in Grand Junction, Colorado: Dual Immersion Academy


Secondary site in Greenfield, California at Arroyo Seco Academy


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


Secondary site in Hilo, Hawaii

Countdown to PLAAY Day 2022








Schools or Organizations Registered for PLAAY Day 2023

2023 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.

Our 2023 PLAAY Leaders!

Name: L.J. Mayo

Where I am from: California

Major: BS in Kinesiology

Name: Tristan Rude

Where I am from: Glennallen. Alaska

Major: BS in Kinesiology

Career goal: Family Medicine Physician

Name: Logan Orr

Where I am from: Alaska

Major: BS in Biology

Hobbies: I like to watch tv and socialize with friends.

Name: Elisa Leuenberger

Where I am from: I live in Wasilla, Alaska. I was born and raised in Switzerland.

Major: BS in Kinesiology

Career goal: to become a Physical Therapist

Name: Aiden Bailey

Major: BS in Kinesiology

Career goal: I want to become a chiropractor and own a gym to coach.

Name: Chris Brown

From: Palmer, AK

Major: BS in Biology, Pre Med

Hobbies: I enjoy football, skiing and hiking, and pretty much everything outside.

Name: Natalie Finch

Major: BS in Kinesiology

Career goal: To be a Teacher. Natalie has a passion for teaching health and wellness, as well as physical education. As she progresses through her educational career, Natalie holds the core values of leadership, diversity, inclusion, and happiness. Natalie is excited to continue her work as a volunteer for PLAAY, and lead students in Hawaii in a fun and inspiring workout. 

Name: Marcela Bonifasi

Where I Am From: Guatemala City, but moved to the United States six years ago. I first lived in Georgia, but two years ago I moved to Anchorage for school.

Major: BS in Health Science

Career goal: To be a doctor. I am part of the UAA Gymnastics team and also the president of the Health Professions Student Organization. Some of my hobbies are traveling, exploring the outdoors, baking, reading, and spending time with friends and families.

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.

When and Where?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 – 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, 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.