ANDERSON AREA NONPROFIT ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Growing Nonprofit PlaySafe Names Jami Wood Emory Executive Director
ANDERSON, SC (September 1, 2021) – Jami Wood Emory was named Executive Director of PlaySafe effective August 18. The Anderson-based nonprofit works to educate, promote, support, and foster healthy lifestyles, wellness and safe athletic participation in active youth, young adults and the community at large.
Emory will manage all day-to-day operations at PlaySafe, as well as lead comprehensive marketing and fund development strategies. Her passion for education and promoting community-based nonprofits will help to further PlaySafe’s mission and growth throughout the eleven counties in South Carolina and Georgia currently served.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jami as our new Executive Director,” says Dr. Chris Clemow, Chairman of the Board of Directors for PlaySafe. “She will bring experience, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to the organization. We are looking forward to embarking on a strategic plan process and initiating community engagement in the areas we serve.”
Emory has an extensive background in nonprofit management and fund development and most recently held several roles during her five years at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, including vice president and director of development. Prior to the museum, Emory worked at Spartanburg Regional Foundation for nearly 12 years where she served as director of philanthropy and spearheaded fund development for Spartanburg Regional’s Heart Center and several annual events. She earned a B.A. at Appalachian State University and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
“I’m excited to join PlaySafe and continue the tradition of educating our young athletes about the importance of safe athletic play,” says Emory. “Our goal is to have sports medicine services and certified athletic trainers at all secondary schools in our communities to keep kids safe.”
Emory succeeds Interim Executive Director Jim Stoker, organization co-founder and Board of Directors vice chair, who assumed the role in October 2020 following John Crosby’s departure.
PlaySafe was started in 2011 with the goal of educating, promoting, supporting, and fostering healthy lifestyles, wellness, and safe, athletic participation in active youth, young adults, and the community at-large. Unfunded by the state, sports medicine services are unavailable at many secondary schools, and yet certified athletic trainers are critical to safe and healthy athletic participation. PlaySafe currently provides and funds athletic trainers in eleven counties in South Carolina and Georgia to fulfill its mission of keeping young athletes safe.