2017 Project Play Summit

Project Play Summit: Sept. 6

Back for its third year, the annual Project Play Summit expanded to two days on Sept. 6-7, offering more opportunities to learn, connect, and make sport accessible to all youth, regardless of zip code or ability. The Summit sold out for the third straight year. Major announcements were made, such as the unveiling of Project Play 2020, the State of Play Baltimore report, Project Play: Harlem, and State of Play: Mobile County.

It's time for a new scoreboard for sports. The first day brought together 400+ leaders from the eight sectors that touch the lives of children to take measure of the nation’s state of play, and chart next steps in building healthy communities through sport. The day featured a series of thought-provoking panels, major announcements, and featured conversations with prominent athletes, grassroots innovators, and sport leaders, including Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Other speakers include: former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero, former MLB players Rick Ankiel and Harold Reynolds, WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike, 17-year-old swimming star Reece Whitley, and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher.

Read recap of what happened on Day 1.


Watch selected video of Day 1.


See the agenda and speakers from Day 1.


Workshop day: Sept. 7

We heard you – you want tools, techniques and a framework to mobilize stakeholders around improving the quality and quantity of youth sports activity in your local community. So, we added a second, optional day to the Summit, hosted at the Aspen Institute. Sessions were facilitated by the Aspen Institute and other experts who helped attendees understand how to take measure of the state of play in their communities, and apply the five conditions of collective impact.

See the Day 2 agenda and speakers.


Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 Project Play Summit: