Designing for Universal Access: How to Reach All Kids?

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Roundtable summary report (10-page PDF)

Event Program (24-page PDF)

How can stakeholders deliver more early positive experiences to underserved populations? In the third of four Project Play roundtables on how to grow the quality and quantity of youth coaches, we turned our attention to what’s possible in low-income and other communities that lack trained volunteers. We also considered the needs of other marginalized groups, including the intellectually or physically challenged, and begged the question: Can we build a socially inclusive model for youth sports in America? This invitation-only gathering of 25 thought leaders was held at the Clinton Health Matters Conference of the Clinton Foundation, a partner in the Aspen Institute’s Project Play.

Participants included legendary golfer Gary Player, founder of the Player Foundation which serves disadvantaged children; Notah Begay III, founder of the Notah Begay Foundation and former PGA Tour golfer; Anita DeFrantz, CEO of the LA84 Foundation; Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics; Marj Snyder, research director for the Women's Sports Foundation; Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, U.S. Olympic Committee chief of organizational excellence and an Olympic gold medalist hurdler; Caitlin Morris, North America executive director for Nike's Access to Sport division; Eli Wolff, director of the Inclusive Sports Initiative; and Jill Vialet, CEO of Playworks.


"Sport Participation Rates Among Underserved American Youth," report prepared by Mike Sagas and George B. Cunningham of the University of Florida's Sport Policy & Research Collaborative