Shared goals

Project Play 2020 is a multiyear effort by leading organizations to grow national sport participation rates and related metrics among youth. This represents the first time that collective, coordinated action is being taken on a national level to develop shared goals around making sport accessible to all kids, regardless of zip code or ability.

Q&A about this group

Which youth sports metrics are this group focused on? How will this group measure success? What types of programs or initiatives could emerge from this group? What's the process to develop opportunities for success? Can other organizations join Project Play 2020? Learn more in our Q&A primer about Project Play 2020.

 
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Why does Project Play 2020 matter?

The need is clear for Project Play 2020. The number of kids playing sports keeps decreasing, especially lower-income youth. Only 37 percent of all kids ages 6-12 played team sports on a regular basis in 2016 – down from 39 percent in 2015 and 45 percent in 2008. This is a public health crisis. 



 

take our survey

Project Play 2020 is developing tools to promote sport sampling and coach training. Please take this short survey to help us understand what resources organizations need to grow sport participation and satisfaction among youth.

 
 

 
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Building on the work of Project Play 2020, we aim to expand the coalition of organizations committed to making quality sport opportunities accessible to all children in all communities. To encourage progress, the Aspen Institute will recognize select organizations that model, and take exemplary actions consistent with, the goals of Project Play. These entities are called Project Play Champions, a pilot program.



“No one organization alone can build healthy kids and communities through sports. It will take like-minded groups, even competitors, collaborating to get kids off the couch without running them into the ground.”
— Tom Farrey, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program executive director