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SFIA CEO: Unequal Sports access is morally wrong

The overall physical inactivity rate for kids 6-12 has dropped three straight years. That's a positive development. But the fact that inactivity remains directly related to household income should be a wake-up call, according to Sports & Fitness Industry Association CEO Tom Cove. 

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Project play after 5 years: Progress, Next Steps

Tom Farrey examines the latest youth sports participation data from 2017 and explains what it means for the movement by hundreds of organizations. Five years after Project Play launched, there are signs of progress and challenges remain.

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NCAA VPS: colleges must help fix broken KIDS sports

NCAA Executive Vice President Oliver Luck and Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline wrote a data-driven column about the value of kids in multiple sports. They called on sport communities to consider adding NCAA rules to reduce early recruiting, as lacrosse did.


There’s a time to sort the weak from the strong in sports. It’s not before kids grow into their bodies, minds and true interests. Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program Editorial Director Jon Solomon writes about different experiences with his sons in youth sports and why Project Play recommends coaches and leagues invest equally to develop all kids.