Game to Grow was founded in 2017 by Adam Johns and Adam Davis. Before founding Game to Grow, Johns and Davis founded and ran the organization Wheelhouse Workshop from 2013 to 2017, which provided therapeutic social skills groups in the greater Seattle area using tabletop games. Game to Grow was founded as an evolution and expansion of the model created by Wheelhouse Workshop in order to reach a broader audience of players with a larger range of therapeutic goals than was previously possible.
Davis and Johns originally began using tabletop games for social growth in 2011, combining their training and expertise in family therapy, education, and drama therapy with years of experience as gamers and facilitators to improve players’ empathy, frustration tolerance, creative problem solving abilities, and leadership skills.
After running Wheelhouse Workshop for several years, Game to Grow was founded to promote the application of intentional gaming to an even more people with a greater scope of challenges. Game to Grow launched via a successful crowdfunding campaign, and has expanded to hire new facilitators, and has expanded training and consultation services.
Game to Grow has spread the intentional application of games of all kinds through presentations at conferences and conventions around the country, and has provided consultations to therapists and advocates around the world.