Paul Austin’s Play Marin organization has long sought to offer Marin City youth the opportunity to participate in organized sports and extracurricular activities, a mission “to intentionally give kids of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to learn and grow together through play.” In 2021, Play Marin launched its first annual Walk-A-Thon, an approximately 5.5-mile, round trip walk from Rocky Graham Park in Marin City to the Mill Valley Middle School and back. The goal for the event was straightforward, as Austin saw it: support diversity, inclusion, and community empowerment in Marin; raise awareness; bring together our Marin County community; have fun and raise funds for the organization’s programs in the process.

On April 27th from 6-10pm at the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center, 511 Caledonia Street, Austin and Play Marin host the second annual Play Marin Players’ Night Fundraiser, an adult playdate hosted by Play Marin and Marin Magazine!

From Paul Austin: “When you come to our Players’ Night you can shoot buckets, flip cups, and dance your ** off! Enjoy wine/beer/bubbles and eat delicious snacks from Dee’s Organic Catering. Bid on an amazing variety of silent auction items – all while supporting a great organization benefiting Play Marin’s youth programs.”

“This “adult playdate” is a great opportunity to learn more about Play Marin’s impact on Marin City youth by providing access to activities that promote diversity, teamwork, and personal growth; discover how Play Marin fosters a more unified community, participate in the exciting games and silent auction and support the future of developing strong young minds and fostering community in Marin County!

Play Marin provides sports and other extracurricular activities to intentionally give kids of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to learn and grow together through play. “We’re committed to spreading the word about who we are and what we do by doing what we do best – play!” Austin says.

“Our friends at Lululemon, Studio30 Fitness, Orange Theory Fitness, and The Bay Club, have partnered with Play Marin to host stations along the path to add energy, fun, and even some free swag,” Austin says. “Support from local businesses like these, and yours, enhance the sense of community felt at our Play Marin events. Any way you feel called to help is appreciated. We look forward to your support of diversity and inclusion through play in our Marin County community.


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