Media Coverage

The Aspen Institute's Project Play is often cited by national and international media, including ESPN, BBC, TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post, 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 – What’s lost when only rich kids play sports

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

BBC Have adults ruined children's sport?

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

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

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

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.

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

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  

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

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 – Youth sports face declining participation, rising costs and unqualified coaches, study finds

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

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