The Play Lady - Pat Rumbaugh

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Pat Rumbaugh, affectionately known as “The Play Lady” lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. Pat has been playing her entire life; she was a tomboy as a child playing outside daily, she became a physical education teacher & coach for the Washington International School in DC from 1981-2011. In 2009 she founded a play committee to help encourage her community to play. Pat began organizing play days, closing streets for play and joining already organized events by adding play.

In 2009 Takoma Park, Maryland was named A Playful City USA by the national nonprofit www.kaboom.org and has been one ever since. In 2011 they started calling themselves Takoma Plays.

July 28, 2014 www.letsplayamerica.org became an official nonprofit. Pat and Daniel Nakamura Co-founded this organization, so they could promote play nationally. On the website under PRESS are articles, blog posts, a documentary, a podcast, two TEDxTalks on play, videos and more.

LPA's mission: we strive to encourage people of all ages to play by helping them create playful events in their OWN communities.

Pat has spoken all over the country about the importance of Play. On the LPA website you can see events, speaking engagements, and Pat's children's book, Let's Play at the Playground published in 2013. 

Pat believes everyone deserves to play. She is actively looking for Grants and Sponsors to help her promote play. Anyone interested in having Pat come to their community or have questions on how to promote play may contact Pat at [email protected]. To donate to LPA click on www.letsplayamerica.org and click on DONATE.

 

When people ask how old I am, I usually say eight. A couple of years ago while walking my dog Abbie with my young friend Lucy, Lucy told me she was almost six. I responded, “I am almost six too.” Lucy looked at me and replied, “Pat, maybe you can’t...
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