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
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 #InnojamDetails
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Palto Alto, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 tool that can be used by key decision-makers to fund more recreation spaces (now in development).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Santa Clara University