Project Play Southeast Michigan works across seven counties, seeking both community-wide and stakeholder-specific input to collaboratively build local solutions that address a goal of “building communities in which all children have the opportunity to be active in sports.” The initiative is a collaborative project between the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the Aspen Institute.

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

  • Project Play works with the four YMCAs active in the region to support the development of a YMCA Positive Play Initiative (YPPI) to expand free play and sports sampling opportunities.

  • Community relations and foundation staff of the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings have joined a work group to support efforts that expand access to sports and play, starting with the Pistons’ Basketball for All program.

  • The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University is conducting a deep dive into coach training, with the support of the Project Play: Southeast Michigan coach training work group.

Do you want to help activate? Contact: Martin Fox or visit


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