Media Coverage

The Aspen Institute's Project Play is often cited by national and international media, including The New York Times, ESPN, BBC, TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post, CBS This Morning, NBC News, Fox News, Associated Press, NPR, SportsBusiness Journal, The Atlantic, Huffington Post and Forbes. Media outlets in more than half of the U.S. states have highlighted our work since 2015.


The Atlantic – American meritocracy is killing youth sports

The Atlantic – What’s lost when only rich kids play sports

The Washington Post: Youth sports still struggling with dropping participation, high costs, bad coaches, study finds

The Associated Press: Coach Kobe: Bryant shares philosophies on how to reach kids

BBC Have adults ruined children's sport?

The New York Times – Youth soccer participation has fallen significantly in America

The Denver Post – States like Colorado should embrace sports betting for a public good

Fox News – Jon Solomon discusses reasons why high school football participation is declining

NBC News – Ivanka Trump: The Olympics prove America is stronger when kids from all backgrounds play sports

Seattle Times What separates the haves and have-nots of high school athletes, and what Washington’s plan to fix it

KUOW (Seattle) – Is the business of youth sports leaving too many kids out?

The Atlantic – Rural communities struggle to adapt to life without football

Change the Game Project – Emmy winning ESPN reporter Tom Farrey on creating Sport for All, Play for Life

New York Daily News – Trump to appoint Mariano Rivera, Bill Belichick, Herschel Walker and others to his Sports Council – Jon Solomon discusses Project Play findings on Big Issues Expert Panel at TLC Sport Summit

Forbes – What to do about sports participation dropping among kids

USA Today – Ex-NFL player Chris Borland is advocate for flag football for children under 12

The Washington Post – Bills in Illinois, New York propose age restriction for tackle football among youths 

The Washington Post – Manassas Park cancels varsity football season, citing lack of interest – Three Virginia schools cancel football season, citing lack of interest

WTOP – Maryland to introduce bill to ban tackle football until age 14

USA Today – Maryland lawmakers to introduce legislation to prohibit tackle football for kids under 14

Bloomberg – Brain damage, the Super Bowl and me

Mother Jones – California is the fourth state in a month to propose banning tackle football

Union of Concerned Scientists – What the science tells us about making football safer on this CTE Awareness Day

Everyday Health – Is tackle football for children harming their brains?

New York Daily News – Cheer for the Olympians, then get in the game: Young people at all income levels need more outlets to engage in sports

The Orlando Sentinel – Kids playing sports: Don't focus on single sport too early, experts say

Soccer America – New study finds big drop in soccer participation in key age group

Orange County (Calif.) Register – Time for U.S. Soccer, MLS to face some soul-searching, painful truths

CBS This Morning – Hope Solo continues fight for change with bid for U.S. Soccer presidency

Vancouver Sun – Fear, greed, broken dreams: How early sports specialization is eroding youth sports

The PostGame – Have parents ruined sports for kids?  

The Washington Post – Youth sports study: Declining participation, rising costs and unqualified coaches

The Washington Post – A sign that youth sports often forget about what’s important about the games

ESPN The Magazine – Why Michelle Obama, others are championing more access to sports for kids

The Washington Post – Michelle Obama: All kids should play sports, not just those who can afford it

The Washington Post – Michelle Obama and Craig Robinson on the childhood games that forged their bond

The Washington Post – Youth sports participation is up slightly, but many kids are still left behind

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Rawlings goes on the block amid sporting-goods slump Two youth football leagues lose nonprofit status, will require training

MedPage Today – Is single-sport specialization really right for kids?

The Washington Post – ‘An incredible impact’: Poor kids are being priced out of youth sports. Here’s one solution.

San Antonio Express-News – Pearland Little League reflects after 48th season gets underway

Tampa Bay Times – Softball scholarships a pricey pursuit for elite travel teams  

TIME – How kids sports became a $15 billion industry

The Washington Post – ‘The leading edge of a much larger iceberg’: New Jersey high school disbands football team

Utah State University Families in Sport Podcast – Tom Farrey: Parents must remember they can't manufacture an elite athlete 

NPR – Concussions, kids and contact sports

The Washington Post – The NBA’s ‘Little League World Series’ has youth advocates worried  

The Undefeated – Tom Farrey on the gentrification of college hoops

Forbes – Using sports to get out of poverty doesn't work when you have to be rich to play  

The Oklahoman – Why youth baseball just got a big boost – and why it matters

Uniontown (Pa.) Herald Standard – Local organizers highlight youth sports participation trends  

Hawaii Tribune Herald – Our keiki are priceless so give them time to grow  

The Associated Press – New version of football targets falling youth participation  

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Year round sports push kids to the limit

KARE 11 (Minneapolis NBC affiliate) – Former players weigh in on the future of football

Forbes – ESPN lets Tom Farrey go, but his youth sports work keeps growing

The Atlantic – The field where men still call the shots

Forbes – Why video games are the future, and not the enemy, of youth sports    

SportTechie – TeamSafe is a youth sports safety management platform for coaches and parents

Digital Journal – ESPN Sports Poll founder to address SFIA on how kids being in control can be a good thing for sports & fitness industry

Good Sports – New study shows youth sports are in big trouble

Virginia Connection Newspapers – Improving youth sports participation: Alexandria Soccer’s commitment to access and quality – ACPS teams up with Alexandria Soccer Association to offer free soccer program

Crain’s Chicago Business – The travel league that ate their life

Chicago Daily Herald – Why high school football programs are losing players

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette – Youth sports organizations trying to end decline 

Denver Post – Athlete abuse: How local sports organizations are taking charge to protect kids – Youth sports face declining participation, rising costs and unqualified coaches, study finds

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald Tribune – More kids under 12 are sidelined from sports

Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard – Facilities key to promoting youth sports in local area 

Bend (Ore.) Bulletin – Not all thrilled by idea of NBA's 'Little League World Series'

Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial – New baseball league looks at Pine Bluff for team

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald – Move over millennials, it's Gen Z's turn to kill off industries

Buffalo News – Wanted: Young softball players in Clarence

The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) – Organizers ponder how to get more kids involved in baseball

Ithaca Journal – Youth sports in the Southern Tier: Local parents say sacrifices are more than worth it – Waldwick parents on a mission to protect student-athletes after death of son Sean Fisher

Duke Chronicle Cool Runnings and cold truth