Join Us – September 17-18 in Detroit

The Project Play Summit is the nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, sport and health. See the packed agenda for the Project Play Summit (Sept. 17-18 in Detroit). Speakers include former NBA star Chris Webber, former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, and New York Times columnist David Brooks, with ESPN host/reporter Cassidy Hubbarth as emcee.

More than 500+ attendees will be at the sold-out Project Play Summit (Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center). It’s our largest Summit ever. Select sessions will be streamed live Sept. 17-18. Find the livestream schedule at the link below.

What else to expect at the Project Play Summit?

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12 new workshops, featuring youth sports experts. Among the topics: how to encourage sport sampling, coach social and emotional skills, coach girls, create an inclusive sports program, and reshape PE.

  • Hoop Dreams at 25. A quarter-century after the popular basketball documentary was released, we ask: What's changed in youth basketball? Hear from former NBA star Chris Webber and Hoop Dreams filmmaker Peter Gilbert.

  • Sports as Social Fabric. Sports can teach core skills necessary to build a just and kind society. New York Times columnist David Brooks and Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver explore the role of youth sports in developing inclusive environments.

  • A Team that Looks Like America. University of Michigan coach Erik Bakich shares how he built a team that models the country's racial diversity and how youth programs stay relevant in the travel ball era.

  • How to Truly Reform USA Gymnastics? The sport sits under a cloud, beset with accounts of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Former UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field shares her ideas on how to make the sport healthier and more accessible to more kids.

  • What I Learned in Youth Sports. Hear from Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson on how he still applies the lessons he learned from youth sports, on and off the field, and why he pays those lessons forward to the next generation of young athletes.

  • Making it Happen in a Big Way. Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem joins the panel to discuss major investments in parks, trails and greenways in Southeast Michigan. Part of that plan includes 60 new refurbished basketball courts brought to life by the Pistons. What insights can be learned for other cities as a grand experiment unfolds?

2019 Project Play Summit
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr W
Detroit, MI 48243

Tuesday, September 17, 8:25 am-4:30 pm (reception follows)
Wednesday, September 18, 8:45 am-4:00 pm


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Project Play Summit History 


2018: NBA legend Kobe Bryant urges less-structured sports for kids; Healthy Sport Index and How to Coach Kids debut

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"