Registration is Now Open for 2019 Summit

For the first time, we are taking the Project Play Summit to a different part of the country. The nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, sport and health will be held Sept. 17-18, 2019, in Detroit.

The Project Play Summit is where stakeholders from across sectors take measure of the state of play and chart next steps in building healthy children and communities through sports. This marks the first time in the Summit’s five-year history that the event will be held outside Washington, D.C., headquarters for the Aspen Institute.

Registration is now open to the general public. The Summit sells out quickly each year, so don’t wait.

The event will continue to explore national trends, while also sharing lessons learned from our community-based work, including landmark collective impact efforts in Michigan and New York with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, community foundations based in Detroit and Buffalo, and task forces in each region. Read about these efforts in a Q&A with Wilson Foundation CEO and president Dave Egner, whose organization is a member of Project Play 2020 and has invested more than $250 million in recreation programs and infrastructure.

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The Summit launched in 2015 as an annual event for stakeholders in youth sports and health. The event grew in 2017 from one day to two with the addition of a Post-Summit workshop. Past speakers have included First Lady Michelle Obama, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, tennis legend Billie Jean King, skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Olympic champions Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Allyson Felix, Edwin Moses and Gary Hall Jr.

The event includes panels and plenaries; interactive experiences; major announcements; and the release of new resources as well as our annual State of Play report. The Summit highlights bold ideas from sport and health leaders across the United States and beyond, and elevates kids’ voices to ask them they want for their sports experiences. In 2018, more than 425 leaders attended the Summit, which reached another 928,000 people via Facebook livestream and generated more than 82,000 views.

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2019 Project Play Summit Sponsors

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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"