New Orleans Youth Sports Summit

What if non-profits, government, schools, philanthropy, business, pro sports governing bodies and leagues, and the media worked together to apply the best strategies for changing the city through sport + physical activity? 

What if these strategies addressed key elements of increasing levels of sport & physical activity while also achieving important social development outcomes? 

What if the best learnings from collective impact and the global sport for development movement were leveraged to ensure change that is comprehensive and lasting, resulting in improved health, better education, more equitable employment and economic opportunity, and more prosperous and integrated communities?

The New Orleans Sport for Community Coalition, alongside Laureus Sport for Good USA and The Aspen Institute, hosted a community summit to discuss the work currently happening in New Orleans to move these questions from hypotheticals to reality. 

Over the course of the summit, participants addressed the targeted use of sports-based youth development in New Orleans, learned from collective impact experts about how to move the work forward, and charted concrete actions for how supporters from diverse sectors can work together to improve the lives of children and youth through the transformative power of sport.  

Featured speakers included ESPN's Michael Smith and the Aspen Institute's President and CEO Walter Isaacson, Sports & Society executive director Tom Farrey, and program associate Risa Isard.

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"Sports Made Me a Cool Nerd" -- Interview with Michael Smith and Tom Farrey

Orleans Parish State of Youth Sports and Physical Activity -- 2015 Report from Laureus USA and Project Play