Project Play: Baltimore Huddle

Imagine if every child in East Baltimore had a chance to play sports. To know the camaraderie of a team, the feeling of a game-winning shot, or the perseverance to shave seconds off a personal best. To experience all the benefits – physical, social, emotional, cognitive, individual – available to people who simply move their bodies on a regular basis. To have a childhood that is playful. 

On June 22, 80+ leaders and stakeholders from across East Baltimore convened at the UA House to explore the forthcoming report, State of Play: Baltimore. The first research of its kind in East Baltimore, the report identifies key strengths and areas of opportunities to get local youth more active, healthy through sport.

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2017 Project Play: Baltimore Huddle
Thursday, June 22 @ UA House at Fayette
12 PM – 5:15 PM


12:00 PM  Doors open

12:30 PM  Welcome remarks

12:45 PM  Keynote Speaker

1:00 PM    State of Play: Baltimore findings

  • Big Picture – key stats from surveys
  • Play 1: Ask Kids What They Want
  • Play 2: Reintroduce Free Play
  • Play 3: Encourage Sport Sampling

1:40 PM    Grade State of Play in East Baltimore

1:50 PM    Break

2:00 PM    State of Play: Baltimore findings

  • Play 4: Revitalize In-Town Leagues
  • Play 5: Think Small
  • Play 6: Train All Coaches
  • Play 7: Design for Development
  • Play 8: Emphasize Prevention

2:40 PM    Grade State of Play in East Baltimore

3:00 PM    Ideas: Breakouts sessions

  • Community Recreation Groups
  • National Sport Organizations
  • Business & Industry
  • Tech & Media
  • Policymakers & Civic Leaders
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Parents

4:20 PM     Ideas: Report-out

4:30 PM     Game Changer: Children & Youth Fund Panel

5:00 PM     Closing Remarks

5:15 PM     Conclude