PROJECT PLAY Western New York


Project Play Western New York is a nonprofit initiative launched by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and with the support of Aspen to ensure kids in the eight-county Western New York region have the opportunity to be active through sports and build physical literacy.

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

  • The initiative has convened working groups to regularly engage over 50 community leaders in key priorities, including coach training, sports sampling, free play, and building capacity.

  • Project Play Champions, Algonquin Sports for Kids and Victory Sports Global Outreach, along with local libraries and park systems, are developing an equipment sharing and lending program to expand access to free play and sports sampling opportunities.

  • Track and field coaches and officials have been meeting to strategize the return of recreational summer track and field meets.

  • Stakeholders on Buffalo’s East Side have partnered to redevelop a former YMCA, used by the African-American community, into a community center and youth sports complex. 

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


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