Events

Project Play explores breakthrough ideas at three types of events: Town halls/summits for large gatherings, all-day deep dive roundtables with 25+ thought leaders, and "Aspen Timeout" panels held at major conferences of stakeholder organizations

 
It’s been a year since the release of the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, and many organizations have taken action consistent with its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. At the 2016 Project Play Summit on May 17 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, meet leaders of these efforts and discover new opportunities to build healthy communities through sport.
 
Already the nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, health and sports, the 2016 Project Play Summit will 1) Take measure of the collective progress made in the past year, 2) Offer learnings through robust dialogues, and 3) Host the announcement of new initiatives. 
 
Dialogue will be informed by a pre-event report presenting the latest sport participation rates among children, plus other data and insights. It builds on the Project Play report, which aggregated the best ideas from nearly two years of roundtables and other events and included 40+ ideas for making sport activity accessible and affordable for all kids. In his keynote address at the 2015 Project Play Summit, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said, "You have built a very powerful roadmap" for cross-sector collaboration and innovation that will help youth sports serve the needs of public health.
 
Since then, more than 20 organizations have launched new initiatives consistent with the Project Play strategies, as recognized through the “What's Your Play?” submission process. Professional leagues, sports media companies, national governing bodies, recreation groups, foundations and other organizations attending the 2015 summit all have used the report to shape their work with youth.
 
Leaders from the following sectors are invited to participate in the 2016 Project Play Summit: 
 
  • National Sport Organizations
  • Community Recreation Groups
  • Public Health
  • Business & Industry
  • Tech & Media
  • Policymakers & Civic Leaders
  • Education
  • Parent Groups
 
Featured speakers will include prominent leaders from each of the above sectors, as well as prominent athletes. The agenda and list of speakers are TBA. 
 

REGISTER HERE

Early-bird registration is available through Feb 29
Note that the 2015 Project Play Summit sold out more than a month in advance of the event date and some of the spots are reserved for featured participants.
 
For sponsorship information, please contact taylor.gray@aspeninstitute.org. For all other inquiries, contact Risa.Isard@aspeninstitute.org
 

 

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May 17, 2016
8:00 am
Washington, DC

Events

May 17, 2016
Washington, DC
 
It’s been a year since the release of the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, and many organizations have taken action consistent with its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. At the 2016 Project Play Summit on May 17 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, meet leaders of these efforts and discover new opportunities to build healthy communities through sport.
 
Already the nation’s premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of youth, health and sports, the 2016 Project Play Summit will 1) Take measure of the collective progress made in the past year, 2) Offer learnings through robust dialogues, and 3) Host the announcement of new initiatives. 
 
Dialogue will be informed by a pre-event report presenting the latest sport participation rates among children, plus other data and insights. It builds on the Project Play report, which aggregated the best ideas from nearly two years of roundtables and other events and included 40+ ideas for making sport activity accessible and affordable for all kids. In his keynote address at the 2015 Project Play Summit, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said, "You have built a very powerful roadmap" for cross-sector collaboration and innovation that will help youth sports serve the needs of public health.
 
Since then, more than 20 organizations have launched new initiatives consistent with the Project Play strategies, as recognized through the “What's Your Play?” submission process. Professional leagues, sports media companies, national governing bodies, recreation groups, foundations and other organizations attending the 2015 summit all have used the report to shape their work with youth.
 
Leaders from the following sectors are invited to participate in the 2016 Project Play Summit: 
 
  • National Sport Organizations
  • Community Recreation Groups
  • Public Health
  • Business & Industry
  • Tech & Media
  • Policymakers & Civic Leaders
  • Education
  • Parent Groups
 
Featured speakers will include prominent leaders from each of the above sectors, as well as prominent athletes. The agenda and list of speakers are TBA. 
 

REGISTER HERE

Early-bird registration is available through Feb 29
Note that the 2015 Project Play Summit sold out more than a month in advance of the event date and some of the spots are reserved for featured participants.
 
For sponsorship information, please contact taylor.gray@aspeninstitute.org. For all other inquiries, contact Risa.Isard@aspeninstitute.org
 

 

October 22, 2016
San Francisco, CA

As part of the roundtable discussion on Promoting Physical Literacy in American Youth at the 2016 annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Sports & Society Executive Director Tom Farrey will address a group of medical leaders on the topic of "Media & Technology: Using it to Promote Physical Literacy." The full agenda for the morning is below.

8:00-8:45 AM          Media & Technology: Using it to Promote Physical Literacy 
8:45-9:20 AM         Health Care Providers: Tools to Assess Physical Literacy  
9:20-9:55 AM         Leading the Way: Physical Literacy Programs at Work in Communities
9:55-10:30 AM       Fostering the Youth Sport Ethos in Organized Sports 
10:30-11:00 AM     Roundtable Discussion 
 
November 11, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Convention Center

At the world's leading conference for the sports events industry, a session is devoted to the Project Play report and its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Event organizers as well as leaders from national sport governing bodies and other groups will learn how they can use the report to get and keep more children active through sports in their communities. Panelists include Skip Gilbert, managing director of professional tennis operations for the U.S. Tennis Association and tournament manager for the U.S Open.

November 6, 2015
Santa Fe, NM
Eldorado Hotel

At the 36th annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, a session titled "NASSS Coaches Assess the Project Play Report" presents an invited panel of NASSS members who are youth coaches to engage their sociological imagination and critically discuss the goals and recommendations in the Aspen Institute's Project Play report.  The panelists will explore questions related to the challenges and tactics associated with putting Project Play recommendations into action. The session recognizes that although Project Play focuses on the U.S, it was partly informed by similar efforts in Canada, and is applicable to youth sports worldwide.

The moderator of the session is Brian Gearity, professor at the University of Denver. Joining him as panelists are Gary Sailes, Indiana University; Katlin Okamoto, University of Minnesota; Jim Denison, University of Alberta; Algerian Hart, Western Illinois University; Anna Baeth, University of Minnesota; Jeffrey Montez De Oca, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Ryan King White, Towson University. The session chair is Jay Coakley, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and a member of the Project Play advisory group.

More information on the conference here.

October 26, 2015 to October 27, 2015
Palto Alto, CA
At the SAP InnoJam in Palo Alto, the Aspen Institute's Tom Farrey issued a challenge to student teams from Bay Area universities based on an opportunity identified in the Project Play report: Build a tool that can connect youth, parents and others to the full array of sport programs and sites in their communities. Two of the eight teams of coders and business students were assigned to the 30-hour challenge, and one of them -- "Team Rollick," comprised of students from San Francisco State and Chico State -- won the design thinking competition, with a prototype of a mobile app. 
 
The judging panel included senior SAP executives, including SAP Chief Human Resources Officer Stefan Ries.  As winners, the members of "Team Rollick" will showcase their app May 17 as part of the SAP University Alliances experience at the SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando, Fla.

More on the competition, held at the HanaHaus in downtown Palo Alto, here. Photos and social media on the event can be found on Twitter #Innojam

October 14, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO
Olympic Training Center

Sports and Society Program Executive Director Tom Farrey will present to 20 Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) directors at the CODP conference. He will help these leaders, which represent 15 programs from across the US, understand how they can activate and shape programming based on the strategies from the Project Play report.

October 6, 2015
Washington, DC
Aspen Institute

The increasingly sedentary lifestyles of children, and participation declines in many youth sports, are in part due to a structural reality: lack of access to safe, affordable, nearby recreation facilities. State, county and municipal leaders must find ways to avoid closure of more parks, recreation centers, and sports complexes.

Challenging outdated finance and management models is essential. Funding is a key factor in the development of new parks and recreation centers and the maintenance of existing recreation assets. Communities that have been successful in addressing financing issues have developed innovative approaches that often involve private-sector budgeting models, public-private partnerships, and economic impact analyses which justify new or continued investment in sport and recreation centers.

This roundtable of 25+ leaders built on a September 2014 roundtable that identified opportunities to grow access to recreation spaces, by focusing on facility financing solutions. Participants included Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association and Michael Kelly, general superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District, along with some of the brightest minds in sports finance. Sponsored by the Sports Facilities Advisory, the event will inform the creation of a resource that can be used by key decision-makers to fund more recreation spaces.

September 30, 2015
Washington, DC

Project Play will join Boys & Girls Clubs of America leaders for a think-tank style day to share best practices and shape policies for the organization.

September 24, 2015
Colorado Springs, CO

Tom Farrey will present the Aspen Institute's Physical Literacy report, and explain how it syncs with the Project Play report and the recent sport industry endorsement of multi-sport play, to leaders of the Multi-Sport Organizations Council of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The session is open and free to the public. 

September 17, 2015 to September 20, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Back in February at the Project Play Summit, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation announced that they would be convening a sport-for-development collective impact coalition to create a framework for stakeholders to work together effectively in order to improve opportunities for youth in New Orleans. 

In September, Laureus hosted a Sport for Good weekend in New Orleans which began with a Project Play training session for the city-wide coalition of youth sports providers. Laureus released a state of youth sports and physical activity report that addressed the needs of children in the Orleans Parish and included profiles of local children, authored by the Aspen Institute and journalist Hugo Kugiya, whose lives hang in the balance.

Sports & Society Executive Director Tom Farrey also moderated a lively panel at Tulane University that focused on the challenge of retaining girls in sports. Participating in the dialogue were Olympic champions Allyson Felix (track) and Kelly Clark (snowboarding), former Saints running back Deuce McAllister, and Playworks chief marketing officer Tonya Antonucci.  

In the coming months, Project Play will continue to support the coalition in New Orleans as it aims to grow access to quality programming across the city.
 

September 16, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

Sports & Society executive director Tom Farrey is speaking on behalf of Project Play at the 2015 National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference where more than 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, and industry suppliers are gathering at the premier annual meeting of the park and recreation community. At the conference, Project Play will share Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game and will emphasize the role that park and recreation departments can play in giving all children the opportunity to be active through sport.

The Future of Play
Wednesday, September 16 | 1:00-1:45pm PDT
The future of play belongs to one of two realms – virtual or physical. Right now, virtual is winning the day. Video games, internet sites, and other technology options are more effectively engaging children, providing great exercise for thumbs and not much else. What will it take to steal back the concept of “play” and address our national epidemic of physical inactivity? Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, discusses the eight key strategies, as identified in the Project Play report released earlier this year.

 

September 10, 2015
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Tom Farrey, Sports & Society executive director and lead author of the Project Play reportwill be a featured speaker at the sixth annual Institute of Sports Law and Ethics Symposium at Santa Clara University. More information on the symposium is here.