Play Marin
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Paul Austin, Executive Director, PLAY
Play Marin


Hear about the great work Paul Austin and his team are doing at Play Marin!

Play Marin provides sports and other extracurricular activities to give kids of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to learn and grow together through play.

With the goal of closing the activity gap in Marin City while promoting diversity and inclusion throughout Marin County, Play Marin started eight years ago with one Marin City basketball team of nine players. Today it reaches more than 300 kids annually throughout Marin with our mission of diversity and inclusion through play.

Paul Austin is the Executive Director of PLAY, a non-profit organization based in Marin County that seeks to promote the unification of communities through collective activities. Paul is also a board member at Prior to that, Paul was the Recreation Director of the Marin City Community Services District, where he promoted healthy lifestyles through sports, behavioral and cultural development. As a community liaison, he fosters partnerships and programs that bridge different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Paul began working with youth and teens as a coach and mentor at a very young age. During his tenure as the Marin City Recreation Center Director, he developed and implemented numerous sporting programs such as basketball, softball, dodgeball, skating and skateboarding. These sports programs were afterschool, intramural and competitive league teams. He is a coach for the County Bears that participates in the AAU (travel ball). His most significant accomplishment was establishing The Star of the Sea basketball program in 2012. This program participates in the Marin County CYO League, in partnership with St. Mary's Church, which is the first CYO program from the Marin City/Sausalito area. In 2014, he expanded his focus on developing youth basketball skills by facilitating access to the Junior Warriors programs for kids grade K-3 from Marin City and Mill Valley. This resulted in three teams annually participating in the YMCA program. Paul is well-respected in greater Marin County and has developed strong partnerships to enhance the lives of youth. He is a graduate of Dominican University at California with a degree in Psychology. He is happily married to Tenisha Tate-Austin, an Assistant Principal at Hall Middle School. Paul and Tenisha are the proud parents of son, Kiran, and daughter, Symil.