What Do Mothers Want from Youth Sports?


A nationally representative survey of parents conducted by espnW and the Aspen Institute's Project Play shows broad and often deep concern about the state of youth sports, on topics ranging from concussion risks to the costs of participation to the quality and behavior of coaches. With results in hand from the espnW/Aspen Institute Project Play survey, we co-hosted a roundtable at the conclusion of The espnW: Women + Sports Summit where thoughts leaders reacted to the findings. The event helped define and elevate the voices of mothers in the conversation around quality youth sports.

For more information, contact program coordinator Risa Isard.


Event program: Informational charts, attendees, other materials (pdf)

Results from the espnW/Aspen Institute Project Play Survey of Parents on youth sports issues (pdf)

ESPN Poll: Most Parents Have Concerns about the State of Youth Sports, espnW news story

Safety in Youth Sports: Parents Have Spoken, We Have Listened, Now it's Time to Act, Huffington Post column by Jim Whitehead, CEO/Executive Vice President, American College of Sports Medicine

Storify event recap