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Streetplay's mission is to document the great city games that we know and love. Over the years, we've wanted to allow our readers to collaborate with us, to make our knowledge base bigger and better. Now, technology has caught up with our desire and we're proud to announce the Streetplay Wiki (SPwiki for short).

Are there games you played in the street as a city youth? Are you a reasonably good writer with attention to detail? Sign up for a SPwiki account and help us make SPWiki the best web resource for urban games anyone can imagine.

Streetplay 2006 calendar
Donald Jefferes artwork
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Some of the best street-themed artwork

We've assembled the Streetplay Galleries to present the work of professional artists who have documented the experience of play all over the world. Over the years, we've assembled some stunning exhibitions.

In this gallery, Streetplay Money, Donald Jefferes was "commissioned" to design the plates for our illegal tender. Print out as many copies as you want: you won't get rich, but you will get laughs.

Featured articles

Willie Mays MLB All-Star Event
In the summer of 2008, Major League Baseball decided to hold its annual All-Star game in Yankee Stadium one last time. Willie Mays was invited to his old stickball stomping grounds to celebrate; take a look at our coverage.

Contest winners: Early memories
We asked our readers what the very first thing they could remember was. It's amazing what people came up with.

Streeplay photos: Balls
Some great shots of spaldeens and other balls old and new

A Playful World: Philadelphia
The Playful World project documents the games and play of children from different places around the globe, in this case, Philadelphia. Please share the joyful aspects of our shared cultures.

Member spotlight: Joe Carrieri
A lot of our readers have shared their stories with us first-hand in our Member Spotlight section. Here, Joe Carrieri tells us about his days as a batboy for the NY Yankees.

Stickball in Afghanistan
We're pretty sure this is a first. Stickball was played in the summer of 2004 by some American soldiers who are stationed at a firebase in Gardez, and we helped. If you think you've had to play on tough fields, read this!

Site highlights

  • In Tribute: Steve Mercado, FDNY
    Steve Mercado, a leader in the stickball community, was one of the brave firefighters lost in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This is our tribute to him.
  • Streetplay at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
    The Smithsonian Institution invited us to DC to introduce America to our favorite games. Read how it went!
  • Essays and Commentary
    We're often asked to comment upon the benefits kids get through unsupervised, ad hoc play. Here, we address the evaporation of such activity in modern times
  • Streetplay Cineplex Video!
    Throw some popcorn in the microwave, grab a jumbo-sized soda and watch street games in motion right on your computer!
  • Streetplay Links
    Maybe we're not Google, but we take a shot at listing some of our favorite play-related websites here.

Featured game: Handball

Handball is one of the many games we cover in The Games section. on Facebook

Bernie DeKoven's Junklog
Sports for the fun of it.

There’s this game called Maktot. It’s also called Kadima. According to this article in a recent issue of Hadassah Magazine, Maktot, “…Hebrew...

Floris Koot, inventor of Switchball, has created a detailed, and highly playable description of a truly playful, and playfulness-inspiring re-interpretation...

Mondo Croquet in Costa Rica
A message from Lord Peters, Sledge-Hammer-Wielder-in-Chief: Hey kids!  Here we are playing Mondo Croquet in San José, the capital of the fine country...

The Wearing on your Head of a Panty Hose with a Tennis Ball in it Bottle Knocking Over Game

Silly World Records with Junk
Those people in the picture are trying to see how many inner tubes one person can lift. What this is, is a picture of something else you can do with junk...

See more in the Junkyard Sports section

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