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.
Orleans Parish State of Youth Sports and Physical Activity report, by the Laureus Foundation USA with support from the Aspen Institute Project Play
"Who Needs Sports?" -- profiles of six children in New Orleans, authored by Hugo Kugiya and published in Medium
WATCH: Panel on retaining girls in sports, moderated by Tom Farrey