Project Play Harlem is a multiyear initiative focused on five-square-mile area of New York City. With the support of Harris Family Charitable Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Mount Sinai Health System, the Aspen Institute is assessing the state of play in the largely Latino community and helping to mobilize civic, youth and sport groups.

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Since the release of the State of Play Harlem report, the initiative has made significant progress in the following ways: 

  • Inspired by Project Play Harlem’s Community Rec Group Roundtable, New York Road Runners connected with three East Harlem sport and recreation organizations. They partnered to offer active sport sampling sessions on the field and/or set up information booths during their annual Jamboree Presented by TATA Consultancy Services, engaging over 1,000 youth from across New York City to participate in runs, walks and fitness activities.

  • Facilitated the creation of and supported the outreach of an East Harlem Community Sport Program Portal with NYC Sports Connection. The portal is a citywide sports listing platform and forum for the youth sports community.

  • Supported DREAM in its Project Play Champion commitment to expand sport options for children based on their expressed interests. A new, full-time staff member has been dedicated to programs for elementary-school age children and will introduce up to five programs that are not currently offered.

  • Inspired East Harlem Tutorial Program to survey youth about afterschool and summer programming.

  • Received support from Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) for Project Play: Harlem’s effort to build healthy communities through sport

Do you want to help activate? Contact: Ranya Bautista


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