WHAT PARENTS THINK

Project Play and espnW release ground-breaking survey, 
capturing concerns of moms, dads about youth sports.

FIELDS OF DREAMS

In an era when public recreation is being privatized,
how do we give all kids places to play that are
affordable, safe, and nearby?

THE ASPEN IDEA

Learn more about Project Play in the cover story of this summer's Aspen Institute magazine.

"Sports was a universal language. Through sports, 
I was able to make friends, hang out, and have a good time." 

--Kobe Bryant, at ESPN Town Hall

PUSHED OUT, LEFT OUT

The concussion issue is real. So is the fact that in some communities, just 1 in 5 kids play sports. Access is limited for the kid from the low-income home, the physically challenged, even the late bloomer. 

WHAT WE'RE LEARNING

Anchoring our sport system in the principles of age-appropriate play is key. So is coaching, tech, free play. Read our summaries, research.

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Why the Need for Project Play?

 

Elizabeth Burns articulates the value of sports for marginalized kids at Aspen Institute event in March 2014 honoring Native American youth leaders 

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October 10| Dana Point, CA

In May, President Obama hosted an event, the “White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.” The president spoke of the need to address the concussion crisis and keep kids active, and a panel that followed underscored the important role that mothers play in the future of youth sports, given growing concerns about playing contact sports.

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