The Project Play Summit is the nation's premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, sport and health. It's where stakeholders from across sectors take measure of the state of play and chart next steps in building healthy children and communities through sports.

The 2018 Project Play Summit was held Oct. 16 at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. NBA legend Kobe Bryant joined us, along with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Olympic track and field champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, NBC Sports broadcaster Mary Carillo and 40+ other U.S. and international trailblazers to "Think Global, Play Local." The day included panels and plenaries; interactive experiences; major announcements; and the release of new resources as well as our annual State of Play: 2018 report. More than 425 leaders attended the sold-out Summit, which reached another 928,000 people via Facebook livestream and generated more than 82,000 views.

On Oct. 17, the Aspen Institute hosted a Post-Summit Workshop where attendees were introduced to the Teamwork Toolkit, a first-of-its-kind digital resource to help leaders and organizations landscape their local state of play and mobilize others to build healthy kids and communities through sports. Leveraging Project Play’s deep knowledge of youth sports and collective impact methodology, the Teamwork Toolkit will be released publicly in early 2019.

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Project Play Summit History

Project Play at Five Years: Progress, Next Steps, by Tom Farrey

What’s Next for Youth Sports? by Tom Farrey


2017: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred supports sport sampling; Project Play 2020 kicks off

2016: Michelle Obama calls on corporate America to provide sports opportunities for all kids

2015: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Project Play: "You have built a very powerful roadmap"

2018 Project Play Summit Sponsors

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2018 Post-summit workshop sponsors

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